Democratic lawmaker plans to pass laws to go after big tech companies


A source familiar with the matter said that Democratic Representative David Sislin, head of the antitrust committee in the US House of Representatives Judicial Committee, is planning to pass 10 or more bills targeting major technology companies.

The subcommittee, under Cecilin’s leadership, released a 449-page report in October of last year, detailing market power breaches by Apple, Amazon, Alphabet’s Google and Facebook.

The source told Reuters that the strategy to produce a series of small bills aims to reduce opposition of technology companies and their lobbyists to a single legislation.

The source said Cecilin is also working on a separate bill targeting a major law called Section 230, which provides protection for tech platforms from liability for content posted by users.

Legislation on Rep. 230 will likely prosecute the adversarial protection of platforms regarding their responsibility for content such as Facebook and the way in which they inflate user content.


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