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Hawley to introduce anti-trust legislation to 'bust up' Big Tech, including Google and Amazon

The Missouri Republican's bill seeks to stop Big Tech companies from leveraging their power to muscle out competition.

Updated: April 19, 2021 - 8:20am

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Missouri GOP Sen. Josh Hawley will introduce a bill Monday to "bust up" such Big Tech corporations as Amazon and Google by banning them from simultaneously running an online marketplace and selling goods on that marketplace.

"Woke Big Tech companies like Google and Amazon have been coddled by Washington politicians for years," said Hawley, according to Fox News. "This treatment has allowed them to amass colossal amounts of power that they use to censor political opinions that they don't agree with and shut out competitors who offer consumers an alternative to the status quo."

Hawley's "Bust up Big Tech Act" would ban companies such as Amazon from selling Amazon-branded products on the Amazon marketplace, where its competitors also do business.

Hawley argues that practice allows Amazon and other companies to muscle out other businesses. 

"No one company should be able to control e-commerce AND privilege its own products on the same platform AND control the cloud," Hawley tweeted last week.

There is bipartisan support on Congress to further regulate so-called "Big Tech," but Congress has yet to pass any major legislation toward that goal. In addition, Hawley is a Republican in a Democrat-controlled Senate, which adds to the challenges of passage such a measure.

Should the bill pass, the Federal Trade Commission would be given the authority to monitor compliance with the law and allow people to sue tech companies over violations of the law.

Last week, Hawley introduced a bill that would ban the merger of companies with more than $100 million.