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Bill likely to be passed in US Senate to stop tech firms favoring themselves in searches

by Diane Bartz

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and lawmakers on both sides said on Wednesday they have the necessary mandates to pass legislation aimed at reining in four tech giants, Meta’s Facebook, Apple, Alphabet’s Google and Amazon.com. The Senate votes were, and urged, the vote be taken.

Versions of the bill before the House and Senate would prohibit companies from favoring their own businesses in search results and in other ways.

“If we don’t think we can get 60 votes, we won’t ask for votes,” Klobuchar said. , and Ken Buck, a Republican.

In the Senate, bills typically require the support of 60 senators to end the debate and vote upon final passage.

Amazon.com, the Chamber of Commerce and others took aim at the proposal last week.

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill this summer, probably in late June, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The House is expected to vote on the Senate’s version, sources said.

“This bill has to be passed in June,” Buck said. Grassley said: “We need a Senate vote. And we need a Senate vote that soon.”

The tech giant has said the bill will affect popular consumer products such as Google Maps and Amazon Basics and make it harder for companies to protect the security and privacy of their users.

Sicilin, who said he expected a House vote “very soon”, disagreed with the companies’ criticism.

He said, “This bill will not prevent Amazon from providing free shipping or other services to its Prime members. But it will prevent Amazon from misleading customers by defrauding its sellers by falsifying search results and stealing their non-public product information.” will stop it.”

(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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