The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to require large technology platforms to choose between operating platforms and competing platforms. After two days of voting, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee approved four measures directly aimed at controlling the power of certain countries. The most successful company in the country.
The bill passed the committee by a vote of 21 to 20.
The chairman and representative of the Antitrust Subcommittee, David Cicilline, said the bill is necessary because there is no fair competition among tech giants. He said: “Google, Amazon, and Apple all favor their products in search results, which gives them an unfair advantage over their competitors.”
In other votes on Wednesday and Thursday, the committee approved bills prohibiting platforms such as Amazon from putting competitors using its platforms at a disadvantage, and required large technology companies considering mergers to prove that they are legal, rather than requiring antitrust enforcement. The author proves that they are illegal. . It also approved a measure that requires the platform to allow users to transfer data to other places
When asked about the package of bills, California Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that both sides are worried about the tech giants. “This legislation tries to solve this problem for fairness, competition, and to meet the needs of people whose privacy, data, and all other aspects are controlled by these technology companies,” she said.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Alphabet’s Google have always opposed these anti-tech measures and are not sure any of them will become law.
Members of both parties expressed concern about the most stringent legislation in the package.
The committee also voted to increase the budget of agencies that enforce antitrust laws. A supporting measure has been passed by the Senate. The team passed a bill to ensure that antitrust cases filed by state attorneys remain in the court of their choice.
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