WASHINGTON: A bipartisan group of lawmakers, headed by Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat and Republican Chuck Grassley, is planning to introduce a bill that would block Big Tech platforms like Amazon and Alphabet’s Google in favor of their products and services. Will give
For example, Amazon has been accused of using data from third-party sellers to determine which products it will make.
Reuters reported on Wednesday after a review of thousands of internal Amazon documents that the US company’s India operations had attempted to create knockoffs and manipulate search results to promote its private brands in the country, one of the company’s biggest growth markets. had tried. A systematic campaign was launched.
The latest bill is one of a slew of bills introduced this Congress that aims to rein in tech firms, including industry leaders Facebook and Apple. So far no legislation has been enacted, although one, a comprehensive measure to increase resources for antitrust promoters, has been passed by the Senate.
The bill, which Klobuchar’s office has said will be introduced early next week, will be a companion to a measure that has passed the House Judiciary Committee. It has to pass through both houses of Congress to become a law.
Klobuchar and Grassley’s bill specifically prohibits the Platform from biasing search results in favor of companies operating on their sites and the Platform to purchase the Platform’s goods or services.
“As leading digital platforms – some of the largest companies in our world – increasingly prioritize their products and services, we must create policies to ensure that small businesses and entrepreneurs still have access to digital marketplaces There is an opportunity to succeed,” Klobuchar said in a statement.
Klobuchar is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee, while Grassley is the top Republican on the full committee. Co-sponsors include Senator Dick Durbin, Chairman of the Full Judiciary Committee, Richard Blumenthal, Corey Booker, Mazzi Hirono and Mark Warner, as well as Democrats such as Republicans Lindsey Graham, John Kennedy, Cynthia Loomis and Josh Hawley.
Antitrust advocate Sarah Miller, executive director of the American Economic Liberties Project, praised the planned bill as an attempt to “turn the page into a failed era of antitrust enforcement.”
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