Factbox: Where do Trump and Biden stand on tech policy issues?

In this news, we discuss the Factbox: Where do Trump and Biden stand on tech policy issues?.

(Reuters) – CEOs of Facebook Alphabet Inc and Google Inc have been questioned over regulation of Big Tech by US senators on Wednesday, a burning issue ahead of the November 3 presidential election.

Here’s a look at the positions of Republican President Trump and his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, on some key issues of technology policy:


The Trump administration is conducting a massive antitrust investigation of big tech companies. Last week, the Justice Department sued Google, accusing it of illegally using its market power to hamper rivals in Big Tech’s biggest power challenge in decades.

A spokesperson for the Biden campaign declined to comment on the Google lawsuit, but said the candidate had “long said that one of the greatest sins is the abuse of power.”

Trump and Biden have both criticized big tech companies but have refrained from explicitly calling for their disbandment. Trump said that “there is something going on in terms of a monopoly” when asked about big tech companies.

Biden, who was vice chairman of Democratic President Barack Obama’s Silicon Valley-friendly administration, and his running mate Kamala Harris – a senator and former attorney general from California, home of Silicon Valley – said they would seriously consider the idea of ​​dismantling companies like Facebook.

Biden also criticized Facebook and other tech giants during his campaign and proposed a minimum federal tax for companies like Amazon.com Inc.


Biden and Trump have both criticized social media companies for their handling of political content. Trump, whose digital campaign helped propel him to the White House in 2016, has long accused companies, without evidence, of censorship against conservatives.

After Twitter Inc put fact-checking labels on Trump’s tweets for the first time in May, the president signed an executive order that calls for new regulatory oversight of content moderation decisions by tech companies, and supported legislation to remove or weaken Section 230 – a federal law largely exempting online platforms from legal liability for material their users post.

In October, Trump again called for the law to be repealed after Facebook and Twitter took action to limit the circulation of a New York Post article on Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.

Biden, who faced Facebook about his neutral stance on advertisements and speeches by politicians, told the New York Times in January that he also wanted to revoke Section 230. He was the only Democratic presidential candidate to seek his repeal.


Congress has attempted, unsuccessfully, to reach consensus on federal consumer privacy legislation, for which the Trump administration has signaled its support.

Biden said the United States should establish “European-like privacy standards,” an apparent reference to the European Union’s stringent General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Privacy advocates have criticized the Trump administration for repealing broadband privacy laws that required internet providers to obtain consumer consent before using certain types of their data, and for actions which they believe violate the privacy of immigrants.

The Trump administration has also slammed Silicon Valley over encryption, criticizing Apple for what the president called its refusal to unlock phones used by criminals.

Trump has also stepped up efforts to purge “unreliable” Chinese apps from U.S. digital networks: In August, the president ordered the sale of the U.S. branch of TikTok, saying he might otherwise shut it down for fear that data from users are passed on to the Chinese government.


The coronavirus pandemic, which has boosted education and work online, has exposed inequalities in broadband broadband access.

Trump has said he is determined to ensure that “every citizen can have high-speed internet access,” although Democratic rivals have criticized him for the continuing digital divide on the election track. In January, the Federal Communications Commission approved a $ 20 billion rural broadband expansion fund.

Biden said he is also planning a $ 20 billion investment in rural broadband infrastructure and tripling funding to expand access in rural areas, under a program his team proposed. to pay by tax increases on wealthy Americans.

Compiled by Elizabeth Culliford; Edited by Jonathan Oatis

Original © Thomson Reuters Corporation

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