Cruz Delays Bill That Would Increase Big Tech Control Of What Information Americans Can See

Cruz Delays Bill That Would Increase Big Tech Control Of What Information Americans Can See


Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz successfully delayed committee passage of a Senate bill this week that would have offered small- to mid-size media companies exemptions to federal antitrust laws to enable them to collude with big tech to control what users can learn.

The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act proposed by Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar and Louisiana Republican John Kennedy in March would allow media companies with fewer than 1,500 employees to collectively bargain with corporate tech giants for compensation for content shared on Silicon Valley’s massive online platforms. Klobuchar pulled the bill after the Judiciary Committee passed an amendment proposed by Cruz with Kennedy’s support that kept antitrust restrictions in place if negotiations involved content moderation.

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