Congress begins discussions ‘to crack down on Huge Tech’
According to a new report, Congressmen have started talks on ways to crack down on big tech companies like Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook.
Congressional Democrats have started talks with the White House about ways to fight big tech, including making social media companies accountable for spreading disinformation on issues such as the U.S. Capitol insurgency and combating the abuse of market power to target corporate competitors damage.
The conversations, described by a lawmaker and Congressional staff, included the controversial topic of what to do with a measure called Section 230, which is part of a 1996 law known as the Communications Decency Act, and social media platforms Complaints about much of the content protects Posted by users.
The report notes growing pressure on laws to curb the power of big companies like Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter. In addition to disinformation and promoting violence on social media, a focus will inevitably be on antitrust law and enforcement, as mentioned by the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee, David Cicilline:
Democratic Representative David Cicilline, chairman of the Antitrust Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, has raised with the White House the issue of tighter antitrust enforcement against big tech, a source familiar with the matter. A cicilline spokesman declined to comment.
Cicilline previously stated that an investigation by Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon found “deeply worrying” behavior that required Congress to take action. In comments made in August, Cicilline stated that a common theme was “the abuse” of market power to maintain dominance and destroy competitors, as well as excluding companies from their platforms and earning “monopoly rents”.
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