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Senate bill seeks to ban Big Tech from rigging search results


Tech giants like Amazon and Google are reportedly banned from rigging search results to promote their own products under new legislation revealed Thursday by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators.

News of the bill, which is sponsored by the top Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Antitrust Committee, comes just a day after an explosive Reuters investigation found that Amazon used data on third-party sellers to find ideas for its own labels in India – then rigged the search results to promote counterfeits.

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), The bill’s top Democratic sponsor and chair of the Senate antitrust subcommittee, said legislation is needed to curb Big Techs.

“As the dominant digital platforms – some of the biggest companies our world has ever seen – increasingly favor their own products and services, we need to put in place policies to ensure that small businesses and entrepreneurs still have the potential to be successful in the digital marketplace, ”Klobuchar said in a statement.

Amazon opposed Reuters’ data investigation to scam third-party sellers – and Jeff Bezos himself told Congress last year that the company is not engaging in the practice.

Jeff Bezos told the House Judiciary Committee last July that Amazon does not rig its search engine results.
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Other sponsors of the antitrust bill, known as the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, include Republicans Chuck Grassley, Lindsey Graham, John Kennedy and Cynthia Lummis, as well as Democrats Dick Durbin, Richard Blumenthal and Cory Booker.

In addition to preventing Amazon from scamming third-party sellers and rigging search results, the bill would prevent Google from prioritizing its own products over its competitors in search results.

For example, Google would be prohibited from prioritizing its “Google Meet” product over Zoom when users search for video conferencing services.

Senate bill seeks to ban Big Tech from rigging search results
Senator Amy Klobuchar co-sponsored the new bill just a day after a Reuters investigation found that Amazon used data on third-party sellers to generate product ideas – then rigged search results for promote counterfeits.
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The Progress House – a business group sponsored by Amazon, Google and Facebook – criticized the bill in an email to The Post.

“This bill puts a hammer on tech products that consumers love,” said group CEO and former Google executive Adam Kovacevich, who claimed without evidence that the bill would prevent Amazon from selling Amazon products completely. Basics.

Senate legislation is similar to a bipartisan House bill that was passed by the House Judiciary Committee in June.

Senate bill seeks to ban Big Tech from rigging search results
Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, listens during a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing in Washington.
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Senate bill seeks to ban Big Tech from rigging search results
Senator Amy Klobuchar is the main Democratic sponsor of the bill.
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The bill is one of many antitrust proposals circulating on Capitol Hill. So far, none have become law, although a broader measure to increase the resources of antitrust law enforcement officials has been passed by the Senate.

With post wires

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