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Apple Can’t Block Pre-Installed App Removal Under Bill

  • Cicilline comments on intent of antitrust legislation
  • Proposal would prohibit companies from self-prefering products
Release of the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max and Mini Models in Stores
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Apple Inc. would be prohibited under antitrust reform legislation introduced last week from giving its own apps an advantage by preventing users from removing them on Apple devices, said Democratic Representative David Cicilline, who is leading a push to pass new regulations for U.S. technology companies.

Cicilline told reporters Wednesday that a proposal prohibiting tech platforms from giving an advantage to their own products over those of competitors would mean Apple must let consumers decide which apps to use or remove.