Members of major technology corporations including Amazon, Apple, and Google, as well as leading consumer advocacy groups, are warning that the Senate’s bipartisan antitrust bill concerning recommendations on online platforms could harm Amazon’s Prime service and small businesses.
The American Innovation and Choice Online Act, or AICOA, would restrict these companies’ ability to favor their own products. It would disallow Amazon from using internal data to recreate existing products or from over-promoting its own products. It would also prevent Apple from levying a 30% fee on apps to use the App Store, and Google from favoring its services in search results.
The companies, and some consumer advocate groups, say that this could hurt Amazon Prime shipping and the company’s Basics line of products, as well as small businesses who rely on these companies’ platforms.
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