A dozen former senior national security officials, several of whom are paid by Google and Facebook, are calling on Congress to put the brakes on antitrust laws that could lead to the breakup of big tech companies.
They argue that the measures could undermine the US in competition with China.
Former officials – including former CIA director and defense secretary Leon Panetta and intelligence chief Dan Coats – warned in a letter to Congress leaders published by Axios that “Congress risks undermining America’s main advantage over China.”
The letter responds to a number of bipartisan bills tabled this summer that could make it difficult for major technology platforms to complete mergers and prevent them from owning companies that create conflicts of interest.
But at least three of the 12 signatories to the letter failed to mention their work for organizations partially funded by large tech companies.