WASHINGTON — Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Lina Khan took aim at big technology companies in her first appearance before Congress as the agency’s head, saying online digital platforms are partly to blame for a surge in fraud reported by Americans during the pandemic.
“Fraud has continued to surge,” Ms. Khan said Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.” One reason is that fraud today is supercharged by digital platforms where this conduct is tolerated and even promoted.”
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Ms. Khan, a longtime critic of large tech companies, didn’t name any online platforms or specify actions the FTC might take. She could face legal hurdles in targeting online platforms, however, as a law known as Section 230 generally shields internet companies from liability for the actions of their users.
Ms. Khan has shaken up the FTC by holding two public meetings — the agency’s first in decades — and overseeing a series of policy changes after being sworn in June 15.
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