Items tagged "Platform Regulation"

Tomorrow, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss censorship, the suppression of news articles, and the companies’ handling of the 2020 presidential election. Last time Dorsey and Zuckerberg were brought in to the Senate to testify, the hearing turned into an opportunity for some […]

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The Election Misinformation War Has Only Just Begun

November 12, 2020 Internet Superfund , misinformation , Platform Regulation

Media organizations and social media platforms approached preparing for the 2020 presidential election as if they were going to war. Informed by COVID-19 misinformation conspiracies, demands from both sides of the political aisle to adjust their content moderation policies, and at least four years of orchestrated political misinformation campaigns, our mainstream media and social media […]

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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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An Ounce of Preventive Regulation is Worth a Pound of Antitrust Enforcement: The Case for Platform CPNI

July 7, 2020 CPNI , Data Protection , FCC , Legislation , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation , Platform Regulation Series , white paper

Last year, Public Knowledge and Roosevelt Institute published my book, The Case for the Digital Platform Act, I argued there that we could define digital platforms as a distinct sector of the economy, and that the structure of these businesses and the nature of the sector combined to encourage behaviors that create challenges for existing […]

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New Public Knowledge Paper Urges Congress to Adopt Law Protecting Vendor Data from Digital Platforms

July 7, 2020 Antitrust , Competition Policy , CPNI , Digital Platform Act , digital platforms , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

Today, we’re happy to announce our newest white paper, “Mind Your Own Business: Protecting Proprietary Third-Party Information From Digital Platforms,” by Public Knowledge Senior Vice President Harold Feld. The paper stems from a platform competition research project led by Public Knowledge and supported by Omidyar Network.

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Due Process for Content Moderation Doesn’t Mean “Only Do Things I Agree With”

June 29, 2020 Content Moderation , Lesiglation , Platform Regulation , Section 230 , Section 230 Series

There’s a common theme in many proposals to amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act — the idea that companies need to just follow their terms of service consistently and fairly. Of course, I agree. Who doesn’t? As I detailed in a paper in 2018, I believe that dominant platforms should give their users […]

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Public Knowledge Launches Paper Urging App Stores to Prioritize Users and Developers

June 23, 2020 app stores , Apple , digital platforms , Platform Competition , platform maintainers , Platform Regulation

Today, we’re happy to announce our newest white paper, “Tending the Garden: How to Ensure that App Stores Put Users First,” by Public Knowledge Legal Director John Bergmayer. The paper stems from a platform competition research project led by Public Knowledge and supported by Omidyar Network. The paper explores the challenge of balancing the significant […]

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Software Platforms Benefit by Empowering Developers and Putting Users First

June 23, 2020 app stores , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation , white paper

Today, we’re releasing a new paper, “Tending the Garden: How to Ensure that App Stores Put Users First.” It is topical, because this week is also Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference — an annual event primarily geared toward software creators. This event gives them a preview of upcoming operating system versions and application programming interfaces (APIs) […]

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Breaking Down and Taking Down Trump’s Latest Proposed Executive Order Spanking Social Media

June 4, 2020 Content Moderation , Disinformation , FCC , First Amendment , Free Expression , Freedom of Expression , FTC , Legal Analysis , Litigation , misinformation , Net Neutrality , Platform Regulation , Section 230

Bashing social media for supposed liberal bias has become pretty standard fare for some conservative pundits and politicians. This remains true despite zero evidence of any kind of bias by social media companies against conservative content or Republican politicians. In fairness, Democratic political leaders have made similar accusations. For example, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has […]

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Tackle Digital Platform Power by Strengthening Antitrust Laws, Regulating Platforms

May 14, 2020 Antitrust , digital platforms , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter urging the House Antitrust Subcommittee to address competition issues in digital platform markets by improving the nation’s antitrust laws. The letter highlights concerns over the narrowing of antitrust law as well as the need for a competition regulator focused on digital platforms.

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