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House Panel Slams Giant Online Platforms for Harming News Media

  • News Corp. counsel says ‘marketplace for news is broken’
  • Cicilline leads congressional scrutiny of Google, Facebook
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House lawmakers castigated major tech companies for being unfair gatekeepers to content produced by traditional media outlets, but they didn’t agree on specific actions to address possible anticompetitive behavior.

Representative David Cicilline, the Rhode Island Democrat who leads the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, kicked off a broad inquiry into the technology industry by focusing on how the news business is treated by giant platforms such as Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google.