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What does a Biden win mean for tech?

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November 9, 2020

At 11:25am EST on Saturday, November 7th, the AP announced that Joe Biden had won Pennsylvania, giving him the electoral votes he needed to win the presidential election.

Like the rest of the world, we’re still reeling from a whirlwind week and want to keep it simple today: what does a Biden win mean for the tech industry?

Here are the most relevant issues:

Democrats will pursue antitrust, but big changes are unlikely

Both parties agree that Big Tech needs to be reined in, but they differ in approach. As The Information notes:

Case in point: not one Democratic state attorney general joined in on the Department of Justice’s Google antitrust suit.

Under Biden, Democrats could broaden the scope of the Google case and lay the groundwork for cases against Amazon, Apple, and Facebook. If Republicans hold onto the Senate, though, don’t expect a major antitrust overhaul.

The state of Section 230

There’s appetite from both the government and Big Tech to update the Section 230 rule, which currently protects social networks from liability for the content posted on their platforms.

Other notable issues

Here’s how a Biden administration might deal with:

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