Senior employees of tech giants such as Facebook, Google and Twitter are preparing to join President-elect Joe Biden’s administration amid a digital crackdown on President Trump’s supporters.
The companies are purging their platforms after Wednesday’s Capitol riot and break-in by Trump supporters, in the name of preventing more violence.
But skeptics fear potential government-sanctioned censorship and surveillance akin to the post-9/11 Patriot Act, which federal authorities secretly interpreted as allowing for the dragnet collection of domestic call records.
Big Tech aides pouring into the Biden White House and federal agencies will give the companies access to decision-makers, including the president, potentially conflating the policies of the large companies and government. The influx also could influence other policies, including anti-trust actions and the future of Section 230 legal protections.
One of the most powerful figures in the White House later this month will be Jessica Hertz, a former Facebook lawyer who will serve as Biden’s White House staff secretary, vetting correspondence, regulations