Recent announcements of anti-trust suits against the two digital giants notwithstanding, the Biden team has named three Facebook staffers and one Google staffer to its transition team.
All four will continue to work with their Silicon Valley employers while they are part of the transition team.
Zaid Zaid, an official who deals with public policy at Facebook, has joined the Biden administration's State Department and International Development teams.
Biden's Intelligence Community team has given a billet to Rachel Lieber, a Facebook director and associate general counsel.
If, during an election, tech giants take unprecedented steps to censor the internet to prevent the spread of incriminating reporting about a candidate, then of course that candidate, upon winning, should turn key government posts over to them.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) December 12, 2020
Anything else would be ungrateful. https://t.co/AFgWrpjuBF
And Deon Scott, a Google program manager and an alum of former president Barack Obama's Homeland Security Department, will work for the Department of Homeland Security team.
Google was hit with an anti-trust suit by the US Department of Justice on 20 October.
The civil anti-trust suit saw 11 states — Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina and Texas — joining.
Two complaints were filed against Facebook last week, with 48 states, led by New York, asking the company to divest itself of Instagram and WhatsApp. The second suit was filed by the Federal Trade Commission.
Google managed to avoid an anti-trust suit being filed against it in 2012, due to its close ties to the Obama administration.
According to an investigation by The Wall Street Journal at the time, Google donated more money to the Obama campaign than any other company.