US report recommends action to control tech giants

America's News Media Alliance has applauded the Democrat majority's report on dominant online platforms and their market power.

House antitrust chairman David Cicilline and the Democrat majority of a subcommittee on antitrust, commercial and administrative law have released a long-awaited report on the anticompetitive behaviour of the big tech platforms, based on its investigation of the tech platforms.

It includes an extensive discussion of the online platforms' "anticompetitive actions" against news publishers and how the ability to produce quality journalism is harmed.

A Republican report released separately by Ken Buck, Doug Collins, Matt Gaetz and Andy Biggs highlights areas of agreement.

News Media Alliance president and chief executive David Chavern commended them for their diligence and for the "concrete and impactful recommendations" proposed.

"For too long, tech platforms such as Facebook and Google have gotten away with imposing unfair terms and conditions on news publishers, and there has been no way to stop them," he said. "The platforms knew this and have taken advantage of their dominant positions, restricting competition and threatening the future of local and high-quality journalism."

He said the recommendations would help to correct anticompetitive behaviour and force them to "play by the rules".

"We hope Congress will act swiftly to implement these recommendations, as well as pass the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, to protect not only competition online, but the availability of and access to reliable and trustworthy news for our communities."

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