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Facebook, Google targeted by U.S. laws to rein in Big Tech

Robert Besser
24 Sep 2021, 14:13 GMT+10

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Cracking the whip against Big Tech companies, such as Facebook and Google, a bipartisan group of U.S. state attorneys general urged lawmakers to pass bills strengthening antitrust laws.

A letter was addressed to leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives, expressing support for six bills that passed the House Judiciary Committee in June. Four of the bills directly address Big Tech's platform powers, while two others empower regulatory enforcers.

The full House has not voted on the measures, some of which do not yet have companion bills in the Senate.

"We encourage Congress to continue making improvements to these important measures. These include provisions to further enhance consumer protections from unlawful and irresponsible mergers and business practices, as well as necessary improvements to ensure that competition and innovation are not stifled," the attorneys general wrote.

The letter was signed by Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, as well as Democratic counterparts Letitia James of New York, Rob Bonta of California and William Tong of Connecticut.

Republican signatories included Douglas Peterson of Nebraska, Jeff Landry of Louisiana and Sean Reyes of Utah.

State attorneys general have filed three antitrust lawsuits against Google, which are pending, and another one against Facebook, which was dismissed.

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