Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley introduced a bill Monday targeting Big Tech, including Amazon and Google. The Bill seeks to limit the monopolistic strategies that allow these companies to market their retail products on online marketplaces they create and manage.
“Big Tech companies like Google and Amazon have been coddled by Washington politicians for years. This treatment has allowed them to amass colossal amounts of power that they use to censor political opinions that they don’t agree with and shut out competitors who offer consumers an alternative to the status quo,” Hawley said in an official statement.
He added, “It’s past time to bust up Big Tech companies, restore competition, and give power back the American consumers.
“While Big Tech, Big Banks, Big Telecom, and Big Pharma gobbled up more companies and more market share, they gobbled up our freedom and competition. American consumers and workers have paid the price. Woke corporations want to run this country, and Washington is happy to let them. It’s time to bust up them up and restore competition,” he added.
Senator Hawley’s bill would divide big tech companies that seek to dominate multiple industries simultaneously by prohibiting companies like Amazon from marketing their brand of retail products alongside those of other vendors or providing online hosting or cloud services to an ever-growing swath of the Internet, which includes competitors.
In another tweet, Hawley said Amazon’s current process allows it to destroy its competitors easily.
“No one company should be able to control e-commerce AND privilege its own products on the same platform AND control the cloud,” he wrote, adding that “Amazon should be broken up” as part of the solution to this abuse.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) April 14, 2021
Amazon runs Amazon Web Services (AWS). This platform generated controversy earlier this year after it removed free speech-based conservative social network Parler’s app while still hosting competitor Twitter on AWS.
Parler has since filed, withdrawn, and refiled a new lawsuit against Amazon. In early March, the latest suit filed in a Washington court accused Amazon of breach of contract and anti-competitive behavior.
Monday’s proposal followed Senator Hawley’s introduction last week of a separate bill from the current one that targets other antitrust issues related to Big Tech.
Titled the “Anti-Trust in the 21st Century Act,” Hawley seeks to ban mergers and acquisitions of companies with a market capitalization of more than $100 billion, making it more difficult for technology giants Google or Facebook to buy and incorporate other technology groups.
The Bill seeks to divide the large technology groups to solve the abuses imposed by these from their monopoly situation.
Last week, the House Judiciary Committee approved a report in line with the party detailing how Google’s parent company, Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook, allegedly abuse their market power.