Home Tech US lawmakers introduce bills targeting Big Tech – BBC News

US lawmakers introduce bills targeting Big Tech – BBC News

0
US lawmakers introduce bills targeting Big Tech – BBC News

By Cody Godwin
BBC News, San Francisco

US lawmakers have introduced five bills aimed at limiting the power held by Big Tech companies.
The bills were drafted after a 16-month investigation into the powers of Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook.
They address topics including data, mergers, and the competitive behaviour of these companies – which could ultimately lead to them being forced to sell some assets.
But there is not unanimous support for the bills targeting Big Tech.
"Bills that target specific companies, instead of focusing on business practices, are simply bad policy… and could be ruled unconstitutional," Neil Bradley from the US Chamber of Commerce said in a statement.
The bills will be referred to the House Judiciary Committee before being sent to the House floor.
To become law, they must pass through the House of Representatives, the Senate and, finally, be signed by President Joe Biden.
David Cicilline, the co-sponsor of the bills and Democratic chair of the Antitrust panel, tweeted a breakdown of the bills which, he says, will, "strengthen our laws to hold tech monopolies accountable, and build #AStrongerOnlineEconomy".
The bills, which have received backing from Democrats and Republicans, are:
"Big Tech's unchecked growth and dominance have led to incredible abuses of power that have hurt consumers, workers, small businesses and innovation," said Robert Weisman, president of the advocacy group Public Citizen.
"That unchecked power ends now."
US tech companies have faced increased scrutiny in Washington over their size and power in recent years.
This video can not be played
"From Amazon and Facebook to Google and Apple, it is clear that these unregulated tech giants have become too big to care," said Pramila Jayapal, a Democratic Representative and bill sponsor.
A 16-month investigation by the Antitrust Subcommittee led to a 449-page report accusing the companies of charging high fees, forcing smaller customers into unfavourable contracts and of using "killer acquisitions" to hobble rivals.
Many of these accusations form the basis for the proposed bills.
Some of the companies have also been hit with various lawsuits claiming they have violated competition law and allege anti-competitive behaviour.
Apple faces Epic Games in court
Facebook asks judge to reject anti-trust lawsuit
Five key moments from the big tech grilling
After the questions: What next for Big Tech?
A day of reckoning for US tech giants' CEOs
No 10 denies PM has lost control after resignations
As it happened: Johnson's position untenable – Tory MP
China joins Russia in opposing Nato expansion
The impossible search for the greatest shipwreck
Australia revisited – a country changed by Covid
Olympics kick off despite Covid and boycotts
Quiz of the week: Who followed Neil Young off Spotify?
'I felt anxious going back to university'
Putin's Olympic trip signals warmer China ties
How to store excess wind power underwater
India's Twitter alternative with global ambitions
BBC Culture: Eight photos showing a US in crisis
Would you buy a house with no doors?!
Life in the world's oldest town…
The rise and fall of an Instagram influencer
An ingenious con artist or a damaged young woman trapped in a lie?
Famous faces share some very awkward meals…
Eating with My Ex Celebrity Specials is back with even more drama!
© 2022 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read about our approach to external linking.

source

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here