Josh Hawley’s alarming new bill would use big government to wage war on Big Tech

Sen. Josh Hawley’s radical new bill would overhaul, empower, and politicize the Federal Trade Commission in the name of reeling in Big Tech — and it’s you, the user, who would suffer for it.

The Missouri Republican’s unprecedented legislation merges the FTC with the Department of Justice, while replacing its five commissioners with a single Senate appointee and giving state attorneys general the power to prosecute companies using FTC regulations. It’s the latest chapter in the populist crusade against the tech industry being waged by regulation-friendly Republicans and Democrats alike, due to Big Tech’s perceived bias and alleged monopolistic, anti-competitive behavior.

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