Wednesday, February 21, 2024

American Choice and Innovation Online Act may pose a big problem for Apple

The House Judiciary Committee has approved a bill that may prove to offer significant issues for Apple. The American Choice and Innovation Online Act will make it illegal for companies to give preferential treatment to their own products over those of competitor products hosted on the same platform.

In other words, Apple could conceivably not be able to promote its built-in iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS apps over competition software. And that, in my opinion, will be disastrous. Apple is, as you might expect, lobbying against the bill.

Here’s some info from the Wall Street Journal (you’ll need a subscription to read the entire article): The centerpiece of the six-bill package, a measure to bar big tech companies from favoring their own products in a range of circumstances on their platforms, was approved early Thursday by a vote of 24 to 20. Known as the American Choice and Innovation Online Act, the legislation would prohibit big platforms from engaging in conduct that advantages their own products or services, or disadvantages other business users, or discriminates among similarly situated business users.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.