Biden admin plans position focused on antitrust, competition policy: Report

by International | 20-01-2021 | 2107 views

The incoming administration of US President-elect Joe Biden is considering creating a White House position focused on competition policy and issues relating to antitrust, reported Reuters. Currently, the US Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission share the work of antitrust enforcement and have been investigating Big Tech platforms such as Alphabet’s Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple.

Trump leaves White House for last time as US President, will skip Biden's inauguration

Donald Trump left the White House for the final time as US President, ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden. Trump and his wife Melania will travel on Marine One to Joint Base Andrews, where they will board Air Force One to go to Florida. Trump will be the first US President in 152 years to skip his successor's inauguration.

In his farewell address to the nation on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump urged the Americans to "pray" for the new administration in "keeping America safe and prosperous". "We extend our best wishes, and we also want them to have luck - a very important word," he added. Earlier, Trump had said that he would skip President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

Iran has imposed symbolic sanctions on US President Donald Trump and various members of his administration, including State Secretary Mike Pompeo. Iran said the sanctions were result of Trump administration's role in killing top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and for supporting "terrorism" against the country. The sanctions will have limited impact as Trump has no known commercial links to Iran.

Instagram Head Adam Mosseri, speaking at The Verge's weekly show, said Facebook has no plans to reinstate outgoing US President Donald Trump's accounts on its platforms. Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts were banned "indefinitely" following the US Capitol violence on January 6. Mosseri added that their focus is on avoiding the use of their platforms for violence at the inauguration.

Ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, YouTube has extended a ban on outgoing US President Donald Trump for another week "in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence." Trump's account still remains accessible but he is banned from uploading new content. YouTube had suspended Trump's channel on January 12 for violating its policy against inciting violence.

Tiffany Trump, the youngest daughter of US President Donald Trump, announced her engagement to Michael Boulos on Tuesday. The news came on Trump's final full day in office. "It has been an honor to celebrate...milestones...with my the White House, none more special than my engagement to my amazing fiancé! Feeling...excited...for the next chapter!" she wrote while sharing a picture.

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