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Big Tech foes campaign for antitrust legislation

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The Tech Oversight Project pursues a “campaign-style” approach, seeking to rein in the power of Big Tech giants such as Apple, Google and Facebook by pushing antitrust legislation through US Congress. (File photo)

Big Tech foes have launched a new campaign targeting the monopolistic policies of giant US firms including Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon.

 We aim to "finally break up the Big Tech monopolies that hurt consumers and small businesses,” the Tech Oversight Project’s executive director, Sacha Haworth, was quoted by The Hill as saying on Tuesday.

The nonprofit organization, linked to eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, said the project was "at a watershed moment with bipartisan support"  to push antitrust reforms to hold Big Tech accountable for their anti-competitive behavior and corrupting influence by passing comprehensive legislation.

“Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon all know that; that’s why they’re pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into swampy lobbying efforts to deceive voters and run down the clock on antitrust reform,” she said. “Simply put: We won’t let that happen.”

The group's plan is to promote the American Innovation and Choice Online Act proposed in mid-October.

“Big Tech has a track record of unfairly limiting consumer choices and thwarting free-market competition. The American Innovation and Choice Online Act would help offer consumers more options at competitive prices from businesses online, which is what the American economy is supposed to do best,” Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said back then.

The legislation, which would block the biggest tech companies from favoring their own products, could face consideration in Congress as early as this week.


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