States rally around proposed U.S. laws to rein in Big Tech

FILE PHOTO: A Facebook logo is displayed on a smartphone in this illustration
1 / 2States rally around proposed U.S. laws to rein in Big TechFILE PHOTO: A Facebook logo is displayed on a smartphone in this illustration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of U.S. state attorneys general sent a letter to lawmakers on Monday urging them to pass a series of bills that tighten antitrust laws aimed at Big Tech companies like Facebook and Alphabet's Google.

The letter, which was addressed to leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives, expressed explicit 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 enforcers.

One measure, if it becomes law, would ensure that antitrust cases brought by state attorneys general remain in the court they select, a move that plaintiffs generally prefer.

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 counter parts 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 against Facebook, which was dismissed. They have also filed lawsuits alleging price-fixing in the generic drug industry.

(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Aurora Ellis)

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Jennifer Gates' wedding weekend begins: Couple poses for photoshoot at Westchester estate

Jennifer Gates’ extravagant wedding celebration kicked off Friday at her Westchester horse farm as the bride-to-be shared a dance and a smooch with her fiancé on the eve of their ... Read more »

I'm mum-shamed for letting my one-year-old watch TV so I can do jobs and refusing to have babysitters – she's happy

A MUM has revealed how she has been mum-shamed by trolls online for her parenting opinions. The mum-of-one, Katie, posted the video to her TikTok account, katieandbabyluna, where it has ... Read more »

Gen Z kids like mine love to speak out but never listen and are offended at everything

I’M not too proud to admit that I don’t like confrontation. For much of my life, I have avoided it at all costs. I always cowered in the face of ... Read more »

Towie's Joey Turner reacts to concern from fans who begged him to ‘get help' after shocking Instagram post

FORMER Towie star Joey Turner has reacted to concern from fans who have begged him to “get help” after his shocking Instagram post. The 20-year-old worried his followers after sharing ... Read more »

Domino's has a shortage of delivery drivers, so its CEO is hoping you'll drive to the restaurant to pickup your pizza instead

© Sunday Alamba / AP Images Sunday Alamba / AP Images Domino’s same-store sales fell last quarter for the first time in a decade. Pizza chains thrived during the pandemic ... Read more »

Andrew McCabe shows how to lie at your job and still get paid

In the end, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe got away with it. © Provided by Washington Examiner McCabe, a longtime employee and executive official for the country’s preeminent investigative ... Read more »

He's ‘Just A Fall Guy': Victims' Families Demand More from Prosecutors after Indictment of Technical Pilot in Deadly Boeing 737 MAX Crashes

© Provided by Law & Crime The scene of the Boeing 737 MAX crash near the town of Ejere, Ethiopia, appears in a screengrab from Seattle, Wash. NBC affiliate KING-TV. ... Read more »

Sir David Amess' killer calmly sat down and waited for cops to arrive after stabbing MP up to 17 times

THE killer of MP Sir David Amess waited calmly at a constituency surgery in a church before launching his knife attack — then sat down and waited for cops. Two ... Read more »

Air Force general becomes second woman to head US military command

Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost on Friday took over U.S. Transportation Command, becoming the second woman ever to lead one of the Defense Department’s 11 combatant commands. © Getty ... Read more »

Mum sparks fierce debate with tights-and-pants question – and many are stunned she even asked

A MUM has sparked a fierce debate after asking if it is normal to not wear knickers with tights.  The woman decided to seek advice on Facebook and was met ... Read more »

Priti Patel launches review into MPs' safety after killing of Sir David Amess

PRITI Patel has launched a review into MPs’ safety after branding the killing of Sir David Amess “an attack on democracy”. The Home Secretary chaired a meeting of police, security ... Read more »

Woman surprises long-distance boyfriend by dressing up as an Amazon delivery man but everyone is saying the same thing

A VIDEO on TikTok has gone viral after a woman decided to surprise her partner. The woman named Niki Bayat, shared how she wanted to surprise her long-distance boyfriend by ... Read more »

Julius Jones files last-minute bid to avoid execution in Oklahoma

© Courtesy of Justice for Julius Julius Jones, 41, has spent two decades fighting what he says is a wrongful death sentence in Oklahoma. He filed a last-minute appeal on ... Read more »

The New Documentary 'What Happened, Brittany Murphy?' Explores the Actress' Extreme Weight Loss

© Provided by Shape Getty Images HBO Max just released a two-part documentary about late actress Brittany Murphy, and there are plenty of bombshells in the mix. You may recall ... Read more »

BREAKING NEWS: Ethics group files complaint against Jen Psaki

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo A prominent outside government ethics watchdog has filed an ethics complaint claiming White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki violated the Hatch Act when ... Read more »

Strictly's Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova leave It Takes Two

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo They proved their ‘terrific’ synchronised skills on the ballroom floor last week.  And Dan Walker and his Strictly dance partner Nadiya Bychkova were ... Read more »

Climate activists resume weeklong protest at Capitol

1 / 8Congress Climate ChangeIra Francisco, 21, of Chicago, left, who is Navajo and Ojibwe, joins a chant during an act of civil disobedience by the U.S. Capitol, Friday, Oct. ... Read more »

Robert Durst Sentenced to Life in Prison for Killing Former KPIX Producer

Allen Martin reports on the sentencing of eccentric millionaire Durst in connection with murder of former KPIX producer Susan Berman (10-14-2021) Read more »

Man found dead under Haltom City bridge may have suffered heart attack, authorities say

A man found dead under a Haltom City bridge early Wednesday has been identified as a Plano resident, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s website on Friday. The man ... Read more »

Life in limbo: This family fled the Taliban but still aren't free

“We are living in limbo.” © Louie Douvis UNDER EMBARGO: left and right Narges and Mahboubeh Alizadeh are two Afghan-Hazara refugee sisters who were evacuated from offshore detention regime on ... Read more »

How to play as the Banshee in Propnight

The Banshee in Propnight looks like an undead nun, floating through the air to chase after her victims. When playing as this killer, you’ll want to find ways to cut ... Read more »

EU says rift over with US on French submarines

A bitter transatlantic rift is over, the European Union’s top diplomat declared Friday, a month after France was infuriated with the United States over losing a massive submarine contract in ... Read more »

Apex Legends' Latest Arenas Map Continues to Struggle with Invisible Walls

Apex Legends‘ most recently added Arenas map, Encore, has been suffering from a few strange glitches concerning the map’s architecture. Some players have been shot through walls and other forms ... Read more »

DWG KIA dominate, C9 take flight over FPX and Rogue to conclude Group A play at Worlds 2021

© Provided by Dot Esports North American League of Legends fans have only started to breathe again after the end of the fourth day of the 2021 World Championship group ... Read more »

What is the Altar of Covenants in Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies?

Call of Duty: Vanguard features the first crossover Zombies experience from Treyarch, and with this comes some new gaming ideas. With the introduction of Der Anfang, we have learned about ... Read more »

Addison Rae Gets Alert That She's Been Permanently Banned From TikTok

© TikTok Addison Rae apparently got the boot from TikTok. The 21-year-old social media star shared a screenshot on Twitter of a notice she allegedly received from TikTok saying that ... Read more »

'RHOC' Star Vicki Gunvalson Accuses Ex-Fiancé Steve Lodge of Cheating on Her

© Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images Vicki Gunvalson is accusing her ex-fiancé of infidelity. The 59-year-old Real Housewives of Orange County alum made the accusation when fellow Bravolebrity Tamra Judge posted a ... Read more »

Going Under the Knife, Behind Bars

© Courtesy of Prometheus Books In ‘Killer Looks’, author Zara Stone explores how the emergence of plastic surgery in prisons underscores society’s obsession with beauty. Read an excerpt. From the ... Read more »

Disney shares pare gains after report on ESPN spinoff is called ‘inaccurate'

Shares of Disney jumped Friday amid a report that it was looking to spin off ESPN. That report was later deemed “inaccurate” by a source. REUTERS Shares of Disney jumped ... Read more »

Stock Up On This Fan-Favorite DIY Hair Color Kit At 50% Off

© Provided by Refinery29 Boxed hair dye often gets a bad rap for being a corner-cutting shortcut that sacrifices quality for cost. However, Madison Reed’s Radiant Hair Color Kit is ... Read more »

Xander Schauffele needed weeks to recover from Ryder Cup hangover

Xander: better at golf than chugging but we absolutely love the effort pic.twitter.com/v0ZUML8KLj — Dan Rapaport (@Daniel_Rapaport) September 26, 2021 Xander Schauffele’s hangover after Team USA’s Ryder Cup win was ... Read more »

Sir David Amess dead latest updates – Tributes pour in to ‘kind & committed' Tory MP as police investigate knife attack

CONSERVATIVE MP Sir David Amess has died after being stabbed multiple times at a church in Essex. A man is understood to have walked into Belfairs Methodist Church and knifed ... Read more »

James Bond walks into a gay bar. But should he?

Actor Daniel Craig, best known for playing James Bond, says he used to frequent gay bars. Reactions in the LGBTQ community were mixed. Read more »

WATCH: Hrithik Roshan begins filming ‘Vikram Vedha' remake; Ranveer Singh & Tiger Shroff react

© Provided by Pinkvilla Hrithik Roshan is one of the biggest superstars currently working in Hindi cinema. Hrithik’s last theatrical release was ‘War’ in 2019 where he starred alongside Tiger ... Read more »

“I still haven't left”: Dhoni's cheeky response on his future after CSK lift IPL crown

© Provided by The Indian Express Mahendra Singh Dhoni played his part to perfection in an extraordinary script as he led Chennai Super Kings to their fourth Indian Premier League ... Read more »

Jadeja turns the Knight around, owns the big moments

© Provided by The Indian Express It was not meant to be Ravindra Jadeja’s night. Or so it seemed for the first two hours of the game; he wasn’t required ... Read more »

After three unsuccessful attempts, BCCI manages to convince Dravid to take up Team India coaching job, waiting for his confirmation

© Provided by The Times of India MUMBAI: As the final of the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) 14th edition got played in the UAE on Friday evening, top BCCI officials ... Read more »

Here's Exactly What Cara Delevingne Does For Her Workouts

© Cara Delevingne / Instagram Here are the workouts and fitness routine that model and actress Cara Delevingne swears by to stay physically fit and mentally strong. Yoga keeps her ... Read more »

U.S. Ski Resorts Are Hiring Thousands of New Employees — and Paying More Than Ever

The U.S. ski industry lost an estimated $2 billion last winter, according to the National Ski Areas Association. Visits to the mountains dropped some 14 percent, and the average open ... Read more »

4 ways heated blankets can help chronic pain sufferers

© Getty Images / Moyo Studio 4 ways heated blankets can help chronic pain sufferers — Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may ... Read more »