House Democrats unveiled their antitrust package on Friday by introducing five bills aimed at curbing some of the nation’s biggest tech companies.
Four of the bills would ban specific behaviors and impose new obligations on larger online platforms like Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and potentially Microsoft. The fifth would increase funding for the two US antitrust agencies, giving them additional funds to help enforce the new laws. The companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Under the bills, platforms would be prohibited from unfairly promoting their own products and buying from potential competitors. They would be required to create new interfaces that would make it easier for users or businesses to transfer to competing platforms. And the Justice Department or the Federal Trade Commission could sue to force tech giants to sell part of their business if they represent an “irreconcilable conflict of interest.”