Items tagged "digital platforms"

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PACT Act Would Shine Light on Platforms’ Content Moderation Decisions To Benefit Consumers

March 17, 2021 Content Moderation , digital platforms , principles , scorecard , Section 230

Today, Senators Brian Schatz (D-HA) and John Thune (R-S.D.) reintroduced the “Platform Accountability and Consumer Transparency (PACT) Act” with the stated purpose of reforming Section 230 to “strengthen transparency in the process online platforms use to moderate content.” The bill seeks to achieve this by “hold[ing] those companies accountable for content that violates their own policies or is illegal.” 

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Public Knowledge Applauds Appointment of Lina Khan To Federal Trade Commission

March 9, 2021 Antitrust , Big Tech , digital platforms , FTC , lina khan , Platform Competition

According to reports, President Joe Biden has nominated Lina Khan for the Federal Trade Commission. Through her landmark academic work and her contributions to the work of Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline (D-RI), Khan has fought to hold technology companies accountable through stronger antitrust enforcement and improving competition law.

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State Attorneys General Antitrust Suit Against Google Marks Step Forward in Promoting Competition

December 16, 2020 ad technology , advertising , Antitrust , Antitrust Law , digital platforms , Google , lawsuit , Platform Competition

Today, 10 state attorneys general, led by Texas, filed an antitrust suit against Google alleging that the company abused its power over key advertising technology tools. Public Knowledge has advocated for scrutiny of Google’s self-preferencing and denying access to key advertising data and advertising inventory as a way to prevent competitors from going head to head with Google in the market. 

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Public Knowledge Praises European Commission Action Promoting Fair and Open Digital Markets

December 15, 2020 Big Tech , digital markets act , digital platforms , European Commission , Platform Competition

Today, the European Commission announced a new regulatory package to rein in Big Tech: the Digital Markets Act. This proposed law represents an important step forward in the global fight to rein in the power of Big Tech. 

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Public Knowledge Applauds FTC for Reviewing Big Tech’s Data Practices

December 14, 2020 6(b) study , Big Tech , Consumer Privacy , Data , digital platforms , FTC , Platform Competition , Privacy

Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it has ordered nine social media and video streaming companies to detail how these tech companies collect, use, and present personal data; how they use that data to advertise; and how they measure user engagement. This appears to be part of a 6(b) study Chairman Simons previewed in March 2019. Public Knowledge previously urged the FTC to conduct such a study and commends the move to shine a light on the competitive impacts of these data practices.

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FTC, State AG Antitrust Suits Against Facebook Mark Next Step Towards Competition

December 9, 2020 Competition Policy , digital platforms , Facebook , FTC , lawsuit , Platform Competition

Today, the Federal Trade Commission and 48 state attorneys general filed antitrust lawsuits against Facebook. The suits focus on how Facebook has bought out competitors and potential competitors to stifle competition, as well as how Facebook has withheld access to its network anticompetitively. The suits follow three years of Public Knowledge advocacy on the competition challenges posed by dominant digital platforms like Facebook, including most recently our letters urging the FTC, Department of Justice, and state attorneys general to review Facebook’s conduct for anticompetitive behavior.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes European Commission Antitrust Charges Against Amazon’s Data Misuse

November 10, 2020 Amazon , Antitrust , CPNI , digital platforms , European Commission , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

Today, the European Commission filed antitrust charges against Amazon for competing unfairly with sellers on its marketplace. The Commission has also opened a second formal antitrust investigation into the company’s “possible preferential treatment” of its own retail offers and sellers that use Amazon’s logistics and delivery services. The move follows reports of Amazon using third-party seller data to develop competing products, as well as the Justice Department’s antitrust suit against Google.

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Understanding Election Disinformation in 2016, 2020, and Beyond

November 2, 2020 Digital Platform Act , digital platforms , Disinformation , Election 2020 , Internet Superfund , misinformation

In 2016, Facebook, Twitter, and other digital platforms were used as they were designed — to help content go viral — but for destructive purposes. Misinformation that ramped up during the election cycle was not just coming from within the United States, but from a coordinated influence campaign wherein Russian bots produced and disseminated disinformation […]

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The Senate Commerce Section 230 Hearing that Could Have Been

October 29, 2020 digital platforms , Platform Competition , Section 230 , Section 230 Series

Yesterday’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Section 230 — six days before the national election — could have been about what responsibility platforms have in addressing foreign attempts to interfere in our election. It could have been about the degradation of local news. It could even have been a good faith debate about the merits […]

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House Judiciary Antitrust Report Marks Vital Next Step Toward Reforming Digital Platform Market

October 6, 2020 Antitrust , Antitrust Law , Big Tech , Competition , digital platforms , Report

Today, the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee published a report summarizing the findings of a year-long bipartisan investigation into Big Tech’s market power. The report aims to determine where market forces have inadequately prevented abusive practices in the technology sector —  and to devise appropriate policy interventions to promote more competition and innovation to fill those gaps. 

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