Apple Inc. would be banned from preinstalling its own apps on Apple devices under antitrust reform legislation introduced last week, said Democratic Representative David Cicillin, who is leading a campaign to push through new regulations for businesses. American technology.
Cicillin told reporters on Wednesday that a proposal to ban tech platforms from giving their own products an advantage over their competitors’ would mean Apple can’t ship devices with apps preinstalled on its iOS operating platform. .
“It would be just as easy to download the other five apps as Apple’s so they don’t use their market dominance to promote their own products and services,” said the Rhode Island Democrat.
The proposal is part of a package of bipartisan bills that would impose significant new constraints on the operation of tech companies, restricting acquisitions and forcing them out of some companies. The House Judiciary Committee will mark the five bills at a hearing next week, said Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, chairman of the committee.
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Cicillin said the self-preference ban would also apply toAmazon.com Inc.’s Prime subscription service because it puts some sellers who rely on the e-commerce platform at a disadvantage.
When asked ifMicrosoft Corp., which was the subject of an epic antitrust case in the 1990s, would be subject to the measures, Cicillin said, it would be until the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to make this decision. The legislation sets out several criteria, including at least 50 million monthly active users in the United States and a market capitalization of $ 600 billion.