July 29, 2021

Google, Facebook Pressure House Committee on Antitrust Measurements Progress Shrinks

WASHINGTON – A House committee has approved a remote law Control the market dominance of technology companiesAlphabet Inc., including Google and Facebook Inc., but most of the efforts were met with intense campaigning by affected companies, which slowed down the group’s work and predicted a war in the Senate.

Central to the Six Technology package is a measure to prevent large technology companies from supporting their own products on multiple platforms on their platforms, which were voted on and approved Thursday morning from 24 to 20 p.m. American Choice and Innovation Online Law, The law prohibits large sites from engaging in behaviors that benefit their own products or services, or are harmful to other business users, or similarly located between business users.

Another measure passed late Wednesday was that the largest web sites make it easier for users to move their data to other sites and interact with users on other sites. The bill – is called Change or access to service, increase compatibility and competition by enforcing the lawGives comprehensive new powers to the Federal Trade Commission to set personalized standards for technology companies. It passed, 25-19.

The bills have yet to be passed by the full House, where the timetable for bringing them to the ground for the final vote is not clear. The package will affect major technology companies, including Google, Facebook, Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.

The debate on the law of the House Judiciary Committee continued from Wednesday morning until Thursday morning, with Republicans and some Democrats raising concerns and proposing amendments.

Two less controversial bills were passed, one raising federal fees for corporate merger reviews and the other the state attorney general assisting in practical battles in hopeless court cases. The panel will meet again at 11 a.m. Thursday to consider the final bill on the package

This set is the culmination of a lengthy investigation by a House hopeless subcommittee. It found that large technology companies have increased their dominance in disabling competition and inhibiting innovation, and should force Congress to separate their bases from other business lines.

Taken together, many in Congress represent the beginning of an effort to revive hopeless enforcement among high-tech companies. Representative David Cecil (D, RI) said that the untested power of the largest technology companies threatens economic justice and even American democracy.

“At its core, this issue is basically about whether or not the economy exists, where businesses fighting for economic survival can really succeed,” Mr. Cecil said.

The initiative has the backing of the Biden administration, which has recently surprised Silicon Valley companies by naming it a young progressive. Great technical critic, Lina Khan, As head of the FTC, is one of two federal agencies that enforce U.S. no-confidence laws. Ms. Khan was a big House hopeless employee who worked on the big technical investigation. He is expected to focus on the agency’s enforcement efforts on unforeseen issues.

But the White House has suggested that some legislation may require additional work, which reflects potential problems.

“The president is motivated by bipartisan work to address issues created by large technology platforms,” a White House official said. “We hope that the legislative process on these two-party plans will continue to move forward, and we look forward to working with Congress to continue to develop these ideas.”

The legislative effort has provoked strong opposition on both sides of the aisle from several major technology companies and their Washington allies.

Google has also pushed lawmakers to delay action on bills pending further debate. “U.S. consumers and small businesses will be shocked to see how these bills will break many of their favorite services,” said Mark Izkovitz, vice president of government affairs and Google’s public policy. “All of this is dramatically undermining US technological leadership, damaging the way small businesses connect with consumers and raising serious privacy and security concerns.”

Apple released a statement Wednesday arguing against the provisions of the American Choice and Innovation Online Act, which will allow users to download apps on their iPhones. Without using Apple’s App Store. The company said it would harm customer privacy and parental controls, as well as expose users’ data to ransomware attacks.

Apple’s hardware, software and services are highly compatible, often referred to as “wall gardening”. This idea is important for the recent hopeless study and the Apple case against the epic. Jonah Stern of WSJ went to a real wall garden. Photo caption: Adele Morgan / Wall Street Journal

Many Republicans have expressed concern that the package has been exaggerated by handing over too much new power to government agencies, while a handful of technology-friendly Democrats have raised concerns that the law has not been adequately refined.

Representative Jim Jordan (R., Ohio), a voice critic of the law, said it represents the worrying phenomenon of big technology and big government “now getting married and working together”. He complained that this would give the FTC unprecedented power to formulate industrial policy and impose its own political agenda on affected companies.

Some lawmakers said Microsoft had lobbied to avoid being under corporate law, which usually only affects the largest sites. Mr Cecilin denied that the bill exempted any company.

A Microsoft spokesman said the company was not seeking changes to the bill to avoid being affected by the law.

Other lawmakers questioned the ingenuity of restricting only the largest technology sites.

The war is likely to intensify in the coming weeks. While the no-confidence law in Congress this year is one of the biggest impacts for big tech companies, many of the group’s far-reaching bills face upward fights to become law in their current form.

In the Senate, Amy Globuchar (D., E.) has spearheaded the effort to pass the no-confidence law and has developed a broad set of changes. He has also focused on making further plans in line with certain actions of the council, especially the illegal bill.

He said in a statement: “I look forward to continuing to work with members of the House and Senate to control the unbridled power of big technology.”

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