For tech industry leaders, the increasingly likely prospect of a divided government could provide a collective sense of relief. Democratic control of the presidency and House, but not the Senate, dims the threat of sweeping changes to antitrust laws, which could have forced them to alter some of their business practices.
But Google, Facebook and other big tech companies aren’t out of the woods. In a Joe Biden presidency, they are expected to remain firmly in the crosshairs of antitrust enforcers, who have launched investigations and legal cases against them already, according to lawyers, lobbyists and former government officials. While the nation is deeply divided along party lines, Democrats and Republicans have found common ground on the idea that big tech companies need to be reined in.