By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 6-23-21

The House Judiciary Committee Wednesday (June 23) began marking up a host of Big Tech-targeted antitrust bills that tech companies have labeled a threat to freedom of speech and an existential threat to U.S. competitiveness.

The package includes over a half dozen bills, including one whose name suggests why Big Tech is worried: “The Ending Platform Monopolies Act.” That bill would, for example, disallow Amazon from selling its own products in competition to third parties using its marketplace, or prevent Google from favoring certain content in search results.

The Platform Competition and Opportunity Act of 2021 would prohibit the purchase by a Big Tech platform of any other business unless it could prove that it is not purchasing a direct competitor.  » Read More