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Anti-trust suits notwithstanding, Google, Facebook on Biden transition team Featured

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Facebook and Google officials have been taken on as part of the team that is helping the new US administration effect its transition to power.

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.

A Facebook manager, Christopher Upperman, has been made part of the Small Business Administration team.

Biden's Intelligence Community team has given a billet to Rachel Lieber, a Facebook director and associate general counsel.

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.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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