A bipartisan coalition in the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced new antitrust legislation aimed at prying open Big Tech’s death grip on our lives. If the lawmakers get their way, it could mean that some of America’s largest tech companies will actually be broken up.
The bundle of five new bills, introduced by legislators in the antitrust subcommittee, comes at a time when Americans increasingly agree that the “Big Four” (Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple) and others of their ilk are way, way too big. Indeed, more and more people feel that giving a small cartel of mega-corporations supreme power over our data, commerce, and politics is a pretty terrible fucking idea. Who would’ve thought?
Thus, with the tagline “A Stronger Online Economy: Opportunity, Innovation, Choice,” the newly proposed laws look to implement substantial changes that would ostensibly increase actual market competition and stop the increasingly concentrated power of Silicon Valley’s biggest fish.