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U.S. Antitrust legislation: Target pinned to tech giants

While many new acts and bills came before us for maintaining law and order in the tech world, giants in this sector are also hefty targets. New antitrust bills are introduced for breaking up big tech companies and a portion of monopoly.



To rein in the power of Google, Amazon, Facebook & Apple: big democrats and republican lawmakers banned together in a form. US antitrust law is a collection of laws by the state government and reasonable federal acts. They could help to prevent monopoly alongside promotes competition in organisations and business corps. Both civil and criminal enforcement is available with the antitrust laws.


In the same venture, the US House of Representatives introduced four new antitrust laws. A bipartisan group of lawmakers were present during the Friday meeting in Washington. Giant tech companies are directly affected by two of the bills. Those bans Google and amazon to stop owning subsidiaries. If the ban on these platforms is successful then small or rising businesses will have more competition and opportunity to grow as an individual. Growing without dependency is huge when it comes to business but it is necessary. At the same time, the laws will help to create platforms for the giants to compete against the same business and sell assets.


The U.S. Representative Pamila Jayapal said the unregulated tech giants became too large to care. She is also a democrat and sponsor of the act stated in Washington state. Facebook and Apple have been mentioned in the act, especially as they control too much business in the tech world. The companies have control over more data than anyone else. Bringing in regulations here would mean systematic change down the pipeline.


Us chamber of commerce in the pro-business said they “strongly oppose” the approach of the new bill. Specific mention of companies is not a good practice but it is negotiable in the core business approach. Approaching against “the bills” is not a fundamental gesture as more targets will be pinned. But unconstitutional policy falls under the non-severe category as company targeting is not good enough, they said. Big tech’s unchecked growth proved dominance and it’s hard for newer and even smaller companies to compete. Public citizen advocacy group president, Robert Weissman said “the dominance has led to incredible abuses of power”. They hurt consumers, workers, and even innovation. The motive now is to end one-sided power grab and suffering on the other end.


Chair of the judiciary committee, Jerrold Nedler, Representative David Cicilline, Antitrust panel democrat, and top republican Ken Buck sponsored the bills together. The platforms are now supposed to give up a 30% fine to the U.S. government and their preference in a product would be illegal, after the bill passes. All and all, alongside helping the small business sector and stop dominance to a standstill, the government agents want to per sue a taxation alike movement. Among the four bills, the third one is set to refrain from mergers. It will stop large companies to take in smaller ones if they already have the service or the product is within the platform. And the most important one, the fourth is for data protection, privacy, and moment measure. Consumers or platforms shall be free to move their data to any platform of choice. It includes data transfer to competing companies. We guess there are going to be a lot of changes if this one is passed. Large companies are proud as they have more customer data. If the customer and platforms can move them from one place to another, there is going to be huge competition and hopefully new services. As the giant companies serve worldwide, we may spectate global changes. The department of justice and federal trade commission (FDC) will have access to ensure merging rights. The agencies can also see through the legal and distribution process.

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