Today, NetChoice challenged US Senator Klobuchar’s comments on weaponizing antitrust during today’s Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights – “Does America Have a Monopoly Problem?: Examining Concentration and Competition in the US Economy”
“It’s concerning to hear a US Senator weaponizing antitrust for campaign slogans while in the same breath berating the President over his approach to antitrust,” said Carl Szabo, NetChoice Vice President and General Counsel.
“Contrary to the claims of some presidential candidates, consumers have never had more choice when it comes to online services.”
As Congress considers legislation around privacy initiatives and user created content across platforms, this panel focused on lesser known internet laws that enable the internet of today and user-created content, meaning we have access to a plethora of online services, from big companies and small.
On February 26, we heard from the people behind innovations we use every day like Medium, Patreon, and Wikipedia.
Today, NetChoice raised concerns about House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee suggestions of re-reviewing merger approvals.
“Tearing apart previously approved mergers threatens America’s startups and empowers America’s competitors.” said Carl Szabo, Vice President and General Counsel for NetChoice.
“We must not take a rear-view mirror approach to merger reviews.” continued Szabo. It’s surprising to hear Rep. Cicilline saying the Obama FTC failed to do an adequate review of mergers.”
For more information read NetChoice’s oped: An antitrust Game of Thrones – The fantasy fight against Google and Facebook
Today, NetChoice raised concerns about Senate Commerce Committee calls for a taskforce to investigate allegations of tech bias against conservatives.
“It is a myth that social media platforms are unregulated. Online platforms are subject to dozens of laws from across the country.” said Carl Szabo, Vice President and General Counsel for NetChoice.
“Jumping to big government solutions such as a task force to address concerns is counter to conservative principles.” continued Szabo. “This taskforce sets a dangerous precedent that government should intervene in spaces that enable free speech online. Politicians regardless of political affiliation should reject policies that put our online freedoms at risk.”