A group representing publishers such as News Corp and National Public Radio wrote to leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday to back two bills targeting Big Tech, reported Reuters.
Digital Content Next, whose members also include the New York Times and Associated Press, wrote to Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin, a Democrat, and Senator Chuck Grassley, the top Republican, to back a bill aimed at reigning in app stores owned by Apple and Alphabet’s Google.
The group also backed a measure that would bar giants like Amazon.com from giving preference to their own businesses when customers search their platforms.
The two bills were voted out of the committee in recent weeks. They have also been approved by the House Judiciary Committee.
“Platforms should be able to moderate their services to protect consumers, police IP theft and prevent security lapses. However, some dominant platforms have leveraged their privileged status as gatekeeper to unfairly compete in other markets,” Digital Content Next executives Jason Kint and Chris Pedigo wrote in the letter.
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