"There needs to be more aggressive enforcement action on tech companies like Google."

Lawmakers want to regulate internet giants


Fri, Sep 22nd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

With Facebook and Google already being criticised for their business model, it may come as no surprise that lawmakers are now going after the unregulated landscape the tech giants enjoyed for so long. Denmark is going as far as having a digital ambassador to deal with the government influence of powerful tech companies.

Many of the issues, like revising antitrust laws, have a slim chance of producing new laws soon. But they have become popular talking points nonetheless, amplified by a series of missteps and disclosures by the companies, including Facebook telling Congress this month that fake accounts linked to Russia had bought over $100,000 in political ads on the service.

“There is much stronger agreement among me and my colleagues that there needs to be more aggressive enforcement action on tech companies like Google,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut and a sponsor of the sex trafficking bill.



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