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Scalise Joins E&C Republicans in Rolling Out Next Phase of Their Big Tech Accountability Platform

July 29, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) today joined Republican Leader of the Energy and Commerce Committee Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans in launching the next phase of their solutions to hold Big Tech accountable, including a sweeping package of discussion draft bills aiming to boost transparency, provide content moderation accountability, reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, promote competition, and prevent illegal and harmful activity on their platforms.
 
Whip Scalise’s discussion draft bill demanding more transparency from Big Tech would require app store operators like Google, Apple, and Amazon to annually submit a description of their app store conduct policies to the Federal Trade Commission.
 
This proposal, prompted by the actions in January of Google, Apple and Amazon to remove Parler from their app stores, would require Big Tech companies to disclose how they decide what apps they allow on their stores and whether their judgements are based on consistent policies or rooted in political bias.
 
The annual report will include:

  • The process an operator undertakes to develop its conduct policies, the individuals involved in the process, and how often the process is reviewed or updated.
  • How an operator determines whether an app violates its app store conduct policies, the criteria used to determine whether an app violates its policies, whether the determination is made by a person or a computer algorithm.
  • How an operator determines whether an app is approved for download on its app store, the criteria for approval, and how an app developer receives notice of approval or denial.
  • If an app operator determines an app has violated its polices, if or how an app developer receives notice of violation and removal from the app store, whether an app can address violations before being removed, and whether there is an appeals process to be reinstated on the app store.

Click here to view other discussion draft bills by Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans.

 
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