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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Department of Justice announced today that the Department's Antitrust Division is reviewing whether and how market-leading online platforms have achieved market power and are engaging in practices that have reduced competition, stifled innovation, or otherwise harmed consumers. The Department's review will consider the widespread concerns that consumers, businesses, and entrepreneurs have expressed about search, social media, and some retail services online. The Department's Antitrust Division is conferring with and seeking information from the public, including industry participants who have direct insight into competition in online platforms, as well as others. "Without the discipline of meaningful market-based competition, digital platforms may act in ways that are not responsive to consumer demands," said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Antitrust Division. "The Department's antitrust review will explore these important issues." The goal of the Department's review is to assess the competitive conditions in the online marketplace in an objective and fair-minded manner and to ensure Americans have access to free markets in which companies compete on the merits to provide services that users want. If violations of law are identified, the Department will proceed appropriately to seek redress.

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Force google to spin off the alphabet......in my communities direction.

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2019-07-23 06:05 PM | Reply

I don't trust the Trump administration to weigh on this neutrally, considering how often Trump bitches about fabricated shadowbans on Twitter.

#2 | Posted by JOE at 2019-07-23 06:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump's version of the Fairness Doctrine.

#3 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2019-07-23 06:16 PM | Reply

#2 | POSTED BY JOE

I agree. I don't really have a problem with the DOJ investigating big companies and preventing monopolistic behaviors. And in a fair investigation I would not be surprised if they get slapped down on a few things.

But with the snowflake in chief shrieking about them on twitter, there is no way I am going to believe that the process hasn't been tainted by Republican corruption if it does end up going against them.

#4 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2019-07-23 06:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"reviewing whether and how market-leading online platforms have achieved market power and are engaging in practices that have reduced competition, stifled innovation, or otherwise harmed consumers"

Nothing about how our personal data is being stolen, bought and sold on the dark webs? And what they will do about it?

Nothing about hostile powers are buying and influencing our elections?

Why doesn't the DOJ investigate how someone whoring for Congress or the executive branch can get so rich at the governments expense?

Why? Because this is probably just a red herring to distract us from the very real problem of foreign powers invading our systems and manipulating our information and the privacy loss and rampant theft of privacy info from web browser extensions.

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-07-23 06:28 PM | Reply

"I don't trust the Trump administration to weigh on this neutrally,"

Wise thinking Joe.

I would not trust them as far as I can throw them.

Because they have shown their willingness to lie, distort and politicize everything to please Trump's warped and ignorant (and soon to be tossed on the ash heap of history and forgotten) world view.

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-07-23 06:31 PM | Reply

Surprised Barr hasn't killed this yet.

#7 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-07-23 06:34 PM | Reply

#4 POSTED BY GTBRITISHSKULL AT 2019-07-23 06:24 PM | REPLY | FLAG

Exactly. Isn't that a weird feeling? To maybe sorta kinda agree with an action even if you know the motivation behind it is tainted by a ruthless gasbag-in-chief who insists he's a victim?

#8 | Posted by cbob at 2019-07-23 06:37 PM | Reply

About time. Bust up the oligopoly.

#9 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-23 06:51 PM | Reply

Trump is angry at Google for having him as the number one result for "fkkking moron".

#10 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-07-23 07:00 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

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Surprised Barr hasn't killed this yet.

#7 | Posted by aborted_monson

I believe this is one of Barr's schemes to make him look legitimate. To appear like he is running a legitimate investigation but in reality it will probably be more of a cover up/black mail operation. They don't care that we were and are being attacked via cyber warfare. They just want to make sure that the right people are being protected.

"I don't think big is necessarily bad, but I think a lot of people wonder how such huge behemoths that now exist in Silicon Valley have taken shape under the nose of the antitrust enforcers," Barr said during his confirmation hearing. "And you know, you can win that place in the marketplace without violating the antitrust laws, but I want to find out more about that dynamic."

-Barr

anyway...this is just another one of those great Trump plans that I will believe when I see.

#11 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-07-23 07:23 PM | Reply

Repubs aren't bothered by big tech's destruction of privacy or all the ways they stifle competition, they're only bothered that some tech companies refuse to be a platform for hateful propaganda.

#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-07-23 07:47 PM | Reply

It funny to me how the left has turned to protecting big corp, big war, not unexpected.

You guys are hilarious, caricatures of what you used to make fun of.

#13 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-07-23 08:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It funny to me how the left has turned to protecting big corp, big war, not unexpected.

You guys are hilarious, caricatures of what you used to make fun of.

#13 | Posted by AndreaMackris

Link? Quote?

Or are you just describing CARICATURES of your own creation?

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-07-23 08:30 PM | Reply

It funny to me how the left has turned to protecting big corp, big war, not unexpected.

#13 | Posted by AndreaMackris

It funny to me how the right doesn't care to control any corporate behavior unless they think that corp is hurting their political odds.

#15 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-07-23 08:30 PM | Reply

"It funny to me how the left has turned to protecting big corp, big war, not unexpected."

^
Just phoning it in these days, not unexpected.

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-23 08:32 PM | Reply

--Link? Quote?

lol. You don't a link to know corporate America is woke. You just need to be well-informed and follow the news.

#17 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-23 08:39 PM | Reply

Two left-leaning articles in favor of breaking up the giants:

www.theguardian.com
www.commondreams.org

#18 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-23 08:42 PM | Reply

lol. You don't a link to know corporate America is woke. You just need to be well-informed and follow the news.

#17 | Posted by nullifidian

Yeah corporations are so woke that they bribe republican politicians to allow them to put poison in our foods.
What lefties.

www.vanityfair.com
Trump's EPA Won't Ban Pesticide Linked To Brain Damage In Kids

"In a normal universe, like the one we inhabited until January 20, 2017, it would be considered a no-brainer to outlaw the use of a pesticide linked to neurological damage in children. That‘s why, in 2015, the Obama administration proposed to revoke all uses of chlorpyrifos, exposure to which studies had shown led to lower birth weight and reduced IQ, among a host of harmful effects. Then Trump became president and, well you can probably guess where this is going:

... before the ban was finalized, President Trump took office and reversed course. ... In a notice to the Federal Register on Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency wrote that "critical questions remained regarding the significance of the data" that suggests that chlorpyrifos causes neurological damage in young children. The agency said that the Obama administration's decision to ban the product -- used on more than 50 crops, including grapes, broccoli, and strawberries -- was based on epidemiological studies rather than direct tests on animals, which have historically been used by the EPA to determine a pesticide's safety. The EPA's decision, which represented a win for industry, drew swift condemnation from groups that have pushed for years to remove the pesticide from the market.

Presumably, one of the groups extremely happy with the decision was Dow Chemical, which sells approximately 5 million pounds of chlorpyrifos in the U.S. each year, according to the Associated Press, and wasn't about to let one of its biggest moneymakers get banned; in 2017, per the AP, Dow and two other companies that manufacture chlorpyrifos sent letters to the EPA, the Department of Commerce, and the Fish and Wildlife Service, asking them to "set aside" the results of studies indicating harmful effects, claiming that they were "fundamentally flawed." They even hired scientists to "produce a lengthy rebuttal to the government studies." Oh, and don't forget that Dow donated $1 million to underwrite Trump's inaugural festivities"

#19 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-07-23 09:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

- they bribe republican politicians
#19 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

Republicans, exclusively?

#20 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-23 09:26 PM | Reply

Better late than never, but the Judge who heard the Microsoft Anti-Trust Case was so far out in right field than he essentially brain dead for claiming, " during the ill Gates is an expert and if he says Explorer cannot be separated from Windows then it must be impossible to separate it from Windows". A statement absolutely ridiculous on its face that sent a ten year Court case into the garbage can during the BushII regime.

Microsoft cleverly underpriced CPM and quickly dominated the market. Later, as Microsoft developed Windows it withheld critical information from Borland, Wordperfect, Lotus123, and others while preparing a complete office product. I always preferred wordpro, a much more user friendly product. Word is constantly second guessing me , thank god they got rid of that ridiculous paper clip.

#21 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-07-24 07:52 AM | Reply

Republicans, exclusively?

#20 | Posted by SheepleSchism

Yeah let's play the BOTH SIDES game, even when that same link showed dems wanted to BAN the poison, and repubs removed the ban.

#22 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-07-24 11:10 AM | Reply

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