The federal government may anti-trust enforcement machine to heat up and communicate it at Big Tech. The House of Justice Committee announced sweeping anti-dredging findings promising "a review of the market power of major technology platforms." (4 June)
High technology was put on notice.
Tuesday's Law Department said it would review online platforms – including social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, and potential Google and Amazon technology sources – for possible anti-competitive and anti-consumer actions. .
The Department's Antitrust Division will examine whether online platforms have achieved their strong market positions through “reduced-competition practices, which have prevented innovation, or harmed consumers,” the agency said in an announcement. .
“Without the discipline of vigorous market-based competition, digital platforms can act in ways that do not respond to consumer demands,” said Makan Delrahim, the division's general assistant attorney, in a statement. “The Department's review of resistance to these important issues will examine.”
The review will focus on concerns "in search, social media, and some online retail services" from consumers, businesses and entrepreneurs, the DOJ says.
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This review arises as an increasing number of lawmakers called for more stringent regulation or even the break-up of large technology companies, which came under scrutiny following a series of scandals that interfered with user privacy.
According to a report published at the end of last week, the Department of Justice was preparing a counter-examination of Google's internal practices and search rankings. And Facebook is facing a $ 5 billion fine from the Federal Trade Commission as a result of an investigation into its privacy practices, according to reports.
"DOJ seems to be opening up treatment because he is worried about the lack of competition," said Carl Tobias, professor at Richmond University (Va.) School of Law. "It is still clear whether DOJ is working with the FTC and with other agencies and with the Congress and where the probe might be in charge. There should be a high tech concern that an official probe is open."
President Trump has recently criticized the big technology companies for a number of years, and has made a "terrible bias" against social media keepers.
Amazon, Facebook and Google did not respond immediately to requests for comments from US TODAY. Twitter refused to comment.
Apple referred to the comments of Chief Executive Tim Cook last month with Norah O 'Donnell, the News CBS, when he said: "I think this exam is fair, I think. I think we should examine it. But if you look at any kind of measure about Apple is not a monopoly or not, I don't think anyone raises the view that Apple has a monopoly, that our share is much more modest.
Similarly, Google showed comments made by Google Cohen, Google's economic policy director, last week. "We helped to reduce prices and extend the choice to consumers and merchants in the US and worldwide," he said. "We have created new competition in many sectors, and competitors are often worried about new competitive pressures. We have consistently demonstrated how our business is designed and operated for the benefit of our customers."
The Associated Press assisted this report.
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