A bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by Senators Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, and Republican Chuck Grassley, plan to introduce a bill that would prevent Big Tech platforms, like Alphabet’s Amazon and Google, from promoting their products and services .
The bill is part of a bill introduced at this Congress aimed at curbing tech companies, including industry leaders Facebook and Apple. So far, none have become law, although a broader measure to increase the resources of antitrust law enforcement officials has been passed by the Senate.
The bill, which Klobuchar’s office said would be introduced early next week, would accompany a measure that was passed by the House Judiciary Committee. It must pass both houses of Congress to become law.
Klobuchar and Grassley’s bill would specifically prohibit platforms from requiring companies operating on their sites to purchase goods or services from the platform and prohibit them from skewing search results to favor the platform.
“As the dominant digital platforms – some of the biggest companies our world has ever known – increasingly favor their own products and services, we need to put in place policies to ensure that small businesses and entrepreneurs still have the potential to be successful in the digital marketplace, ”Klobuchar said in a statement.
Klobuchar is chairman of the antitrust subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee while Grassley is the top Republican on the entire committee. Co-sponsors include Democrats like Senator Dick Durbin, Chairman of the Full Judiciary Committee, Richard Blumenthal and Cory Booker, as well as Republicans Lindsey Graham, John Kennedy and Cynthia Lummis.
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