Big Tech Faces New Bill on Liability and Competition in the US

A bill seeks to prevent US tech giants like Amazon. and Apple, give their own products an advantage over their competitors.

America’s biggest tech companies would face new constraints under two bills announced after a month of revelations from a Facebook Inc. whistleblower that sparked further pronouncements to curb an industry that has so far largely escaped the loop. regulation.

A measure by the chairman of the Energy and Commerce committee, Frank Pallone, and other leading House Democrats would revoke liability protections for platforms that use algorithms to disseminate harmful information, arguing that companies should be held accountable for how their technology spreads the content.

“Social media platforms like Facebook continue to actively amplify content that endangers our families, promotes conspiracy theories and incites extremism to generate more clicks and ad dollars,” Pallone of New Jersey said in a statement. “Designing custom algorithms that promote extremism, misinformation and harmful content is a conscious choice, and platforms should answer for it.”

The other bill is an antitrust measure by a bipartisan group of senators that would prevent America’s biggest tech giants like Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc. from giving their own products an edge over their competitors.

That proposal, co-sponsored by Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar and Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, would prohibit companies from using data to harm competition, stack search results in their favor, or restrict how other services use their platforms. The bill coincides with a House proposal that technology groups have warned would put user safety at risk and make it difficult for consumers to use the services.

“The United States has a monopoly problem, and we have these dominant tech companies that for too long have said ‘trust us,'” said Klobuchar, who heads the Senate Justice Commission’s antitrust subcommittee. “There has been a great assault on competition and our country is based on open markets and fair competition.”

A strong list of co-sponsors, including the chairman and top Republican of the Senate Justice Committee, who would consider the legislation first, increases your chances of ultimately getting a vote in the upper house. The proposal roughly mirrors a bill by Rep. David Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat, that was introduced by the House Justice Committee in June but has yet to receive a vote in plenary.

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A bill seeks to prevent US tech giants like Amazon. and Apple, give their own products an advantage over their competitors.

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