Online 'Self-Preferencing' Antitrust Bill Heads To Senate Floor

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By Christopher Cole (January 20, 2022, 8:50 PM EST) — A major antitrust reform bill that would prohibit Big Tech companies from skewing search results to favor their own content cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, even as critics worried the legislation hands too much power to federal enforcers and poses cybersecurity risks.

The full U.S. Senate will soon consider the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, which clamps down on Big Tech companies that “self-preference” their own offerings when displaying search results. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) The bipartisan plan, spearheaded by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, passed the committee on a 16-6 vote, with only Republicans voting…

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