Conservative groups press for votes on three anti-Big Tech bills

July 22, 2022

Washington Examiner

A coalition of conservative organizations is calling on Congress to vote for three antitrust bills in hopes of reining in Big Tech companies.

The coalition, led by the Internet Accountability Project, called in a Thursday letter for Congress to vote in favor of the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, Open App Markets Act, and State Antitrust Enforcement Venue Act.

“Anticompetitive behavior by these trillion-dollar companies has wide-ranging and devastating consequences for small businesses and the American public at large,” the letter reads. “As the digital application marketplace has become dominated by just a few giant corporations, smaller companies who attempt to compete with their products are completely at their mercy. As we have seen, these behemoths can quickly join forces to effectively eliminate their competition by removing them from their platforms and cutting them off from their audiences.”

The coalition sent the letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and specifically called out “Big Tech’s unbalanced enforcement of arbitrary content moderation policies.”

The letter was signed by the IAP, as well as executives from GETTR, American Mind, the Bull Moose Project, and the Claremont Institute Center for the American Way of Life.

The American Innovation and Choice Online Act, filed by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), would authorize the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice to challenge major tech platforms preferring their own products. Amazon has been critical of these policies, arguing that they would lead to the end of popular services like Amazon Prime free shipping.

The Open App Markets Act, which moved out of the Senate Judiciary Committee in March 2022, would allow app developers to sell their products to consumers without the specific restrictions or transaction fees that app stores implement and allow transactions within the app without having to go through the platform.

The State Antitrust Enforcement Venue Act would change the law so that states have the same venue selection rights as federal regulators and prevent the transfer of lawsuits involving a state to multidistrict litigation.

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