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White House Drafts Executive Order To Investigate ‘Online Platform Bias:’ Reports


The following is an excerpt from Reuters/Huffpost | September 23, 2018 | Huffingtonpost.com |

Donald TrumpWASHINGTON (Reuters) ― The White House has drafted an executive order that would push federal antitrust and law enforcement agencies to probe the business practices of social media and other internet companies, according to Bloomberg and Business Insider.

It is unclear whether the order will be signed by President Donald Trump. The order has yet to be reviewed by other government agencies and remains in its preliminary stages, Bloomberg reported on Saturday. The document reportedly does not name any specific companies as the target of such investigations.

...Executive departments and agencies with authorities that could be used to enhance competition among online platforms (agencies) shall, where consistent with other laws, use those authorities to promote competition and ensure that no online platform exercises market power in a way that harms consumers, including through the exercise of bias.

...Not later than 30 days from the date of this order, agencies shall submit to the Director of the National Economic Council an initial list of (1) actions each agency can potentially take to protect competition among online platforms and address online platform bias. to Business Insider, which obtained a draft of the executive order, the proposed text focuses on so-called “bias” at tech companies:

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