Opinion | Trouble Comes for Big Tech

 Opinion | Trouble Comes for Big Tech

Could Jonathan Kanter have better timing?

I hardly think so, given the lovefest on display this week at his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Nominated to lead the Justice Department’s antitrust division, the decidedly tough-on-tech Kanter spoke to lawmakers just as Facebook was getting a shellacking by the persuasive whistle-blower Frances Haugen.

Meanwhile, the social media giant was spinning in all sorts of directions about Haugen. Among the whispered and very loud aspersions from the company is that she is a nobody who was not in the room where it happened and does not understand the documents she provided. But there was also darker stuff. People speaking on behalf of the company have implied that Haugen was a thief by calling said reports “stolen.” (She is not, given her whistle-blower status.) Perhaps worst of all, there is a crazy conspiracy theory lurking around conservative news outlets that she is a plant inside…

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