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Senate Judiciary Committee passes bipartisan Big Tech media antitrust bill

Added 09-22-22 01:22:03pm EST - “The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday passed a bipartisan bill aimed at giving small and mid-sized news organizations more clout to negotiate compensation with Big Tech platforms.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Senate Judiciary Committee passes bipartisan Big Tech media antitrust bill”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday passed a bipartisan bill aimed at giving small and mid-sized news organizations more clout to negotiate compensation with Big Tech platforms.

The legislation still must overcome opposition in both parties and navigate an uncertain path to a full vote in the Senate.

The measure was passed after Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, struck a compromise with one of the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota Democrat, to carve out content moderation from any media negotiations with tech giants such as Facebook and Google.

“Tech goliaths like Facebook and Google are strangling smaller conservative publications by keeping them from making a profit on online platforms,” said Sen. John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican who co-sponsored the bill. “The manipulation is squashing free speech. This bill bars Big Tech firms from throttling, filtering, suppressing or curating online content while providing local news outlets with a fair playing field to negotiate against these censorship giants.”

The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act or JCPA would “support small, local, independent and conservative news publications that struggle to survive under the weight of Big Tech’s market dominance and censorship efforts,” according to the News/Media Alliance, a coalition of news organizations including The Washington Times that supports the measure.

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