There are 1,144 words in today's Login, and nearly all of them were written by my D.C.-based colleagues, so a huge thank you to David McCabe and Kim Hart.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images
News that Facebook reached a $5 billion settlement with the Federal Trade Commission had critics fuming and Facebook shareholders breathing a sigh of relief, David McCabe reports.
Driving the news:
Capitol Hill Democrats and advocates of aggressive new privacy regulation panned the deal.
What we don't know: The exact terms of the settlement, which is expected to put restrictions of some kind on Facebook's behavior that go beyond just the financial penalty.
Background: It has been 475 days since the FTC confirmed that it was investigating the company, following revelations that a researcher associated with consultancy Cambridge Analytica had swept up Facebook user data.
The big picture: The FTC inquiry is far from the only regulatory probe facing the company.
Peter Thiel speaking at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
Meanwhile, Facebook board member Peter Thiel suggested Sunday that federal investigators should examine "infiltration" of Google by Chinese intelligence and "seemingly treasonous" decisions by the search giant, per David.
The tech industry's highest profile Trump supporter spoke at the National Conservatism Conference, a new event that bills itself as being focused on Trump-era nationalism.
Part of his speech focused on "three questions that should be asked" of Google:
He also added that those questions "need to be asked by the FBI, by the CIA, and I'm not sure quite how to put this, I would like them to be asked in a not excessively gentle manner."
Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) is the chair of the House Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
A behind-the-scenes battle to shape Capitol Hill scrutiny of Big Tech's power will burst into public view this week, David reports.
Driving the news: Representatives of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple will face questions Tuesday from members of the House Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee as part of its investigation into their market power.
What we're hearing: The companies — all of which have briefed committee staff in the last month — are bringing antitrust heavy hitters to the hearing.
Behind the scenes: Competitors and critics hoping to turn the heat up on the tech giants have been making the rounds in Washington.
The big picture: Numerous congressional committees and members are scrutinizing the major tech players, after several years of mounting criticism of the companies on different fronts.
What to watch: We still don't know whether the Justice Department or Federal Trade Commission will pursue formal cases against any of the four companies testifying on Tuesday.
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Public Knowledge, a prominent D.C.-based public interest group that works tech and telecom issues, announced today that the group's chief lobbyist Chris Lewis is taking the helm as CEO. Previous CEO Gene Kimmelman is stepping aside to take on a senior adviser role, Kim Hart reports.
Why it matters: PK has long been a key player and a leading progressive voice in media and tech policy debates, specifically net neutrality, broadband and antitrust issues. The leadership change also signifies a generational changing of the guard in the public interest community in D.C. as Big Tech battles heat up around town.
Details: Lewis joined PK 7 years ago and has led the group's political operations. He's also worked to create opportunities for young people from disadvantaged communities to engage policymakers through PK's fellowship program.
Kimmelman was chief counsel in the Justice Department's antitrust division, and, before that, he was a longtime policy chief at Consumers Union.
PK also announced other promotions. Eboni Speight, John Bergmayer and Phillip Berenbroick will assume new senior leadership roles as chief operating officer, legal director and policy director, respectively.
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