Amazon, Google, and Other Big Tech Face New Bipartisan Antitrust Bill in the U.S.

Bipartisan senators led by Democrats Amy Klobuchar and Chuck Grassley intend to submit legislation that would restrict Big Tech platforms, such as Amazon and Alphabet’s Google, from favoring their own products and services over those of competitors.

There have been a number of bills introduced in this Congress to rein in digital businesses, including industry giants Facebook and Apple, among others. No legislation has yet been passed, though one bill, a broader bill to increase antitrust enforcement resources, has passed through the Senate.

In addition to being a companion bill to a bill that has already passed the House Judiciary Committee, this legislation, according to Klobuchar’s office, would be introduced as early as next week. It must be passed by both houses of Congress before it can be enacted into law.

Companies operating on their sites would be prohibited from being pressured to acquire goods or services from the platform under the terms of the legislation filed by Klobuchar and Grassley. The legislation would also prohibit platforms from biassing search results in favour of the platform.

Amazon, Google, and Other Tech
Amazon, Google, and Other Tech

According to Klobuchar, “as dominant digital platforms – some of the largest companies our world has ever known – increasingly prioritise their own products and services, we must put policies in place to ensure that small businesses and entrepreneurs continue to have the opportunity to succeed in the digital marketplace.”

Senate Judiciary Committee antitrust subcommittee chairwoman Amy Klobuchar is the committee’s senior Democratic member, and Republican Sen. Charles Grassley is the committee’s senior Republican member. As co-sponsors, Democrats such as Senator Dick Durbin (who serves as the chairman of the whole Judiciary Committee), Richard Blumenthal, and Cory Booker have joined Republicans such as Lindsey Graham, John Kennedy, and Cynthia Lummis.

European legislator: US tech giants such as Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google should be regulated in their home countries

According to proposed EU rules, US tech giants such as Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon should be regulated by the EU country in which they are based, a top lawmaker said on Tuesday, slamming efforts by some countries to broaden the scope of the planned act.

Digital Services Act rules, drafted by EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager, outline how US tech giants must do more to keep the internet free of illegal and harmful content. The Digital Services Act is expected to be finalized in the coming months.

According to the principle, Ireland is responsible for regulating Apple, Alphabet unit Google, and Facebook because they have their European headquarters there, whereas Amazon is under the supervision of the Luxembourgish authorities.


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