Biden mulls installing White House antitrust czar
Published: Jan 20, 2021 05:28 PM

Photo taken in Arlington, Virginia, the US on August 20 shows screens displaying images of Joe Biden speaking in a video feed of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Photo: Xinhua

The administration of US ­President Joe Biden is ­considering creating a White House position focused on competition policy and issues relating to antitrust, two sources familiar with internal deliberations said.

The idea remains under ­consideration and the Biden White House may not ­ultimately make the move, one of the sources said.

"It is yet to be determined if this will be more of a coordinator kind of a role or if this person will really sit at the White House," said another source. 

The role could focus on moving information back and forth between agencies and ­coordinating, the source added.

Antitrust enforcement has emerged as an issue the Biden transition team has been watching closely, especially with the rise of Big Tech platforms, which provide free or inexpensive services to consumers while suspected of breaking the law to crush smaller rivals.

A spokesperson for the transition did not immediately comment on the topic.

On Saturday, it is reported that two former Obama administration officials had emerged as Biden's front-runners for the top antitrust job at the Department of Justice.

The Justice Department and Federal Trade ­Commission, which share the work of antitrust enforcement, have been investigating the Big Tech platforms, Alphabet's Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple. 

The Justice Department sued Google and the FTC sued Facebook while investigations are ongoing into Amazon and Apple.