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Microsoft should face the same antitrust scrutiny as Facebook, Republican say


Rep. Jim Jordan is shining a light on Microsoft
RRep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is calling on Microsoft to face the same antitrust scrutiny as other large tech platforms in a letter to the company Monday.

In the letter, Jordan asks Microsoft president Brad Smith if he believes the company would be affected by the swath of antitrust bills introduced in the House earlier this month. There are five bills in total, spanning from offering up more money for antitrust enforcers to banning large tech platforms from buying up small competitors.

The antitrust package came out of a years-long investigation into Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. The measures focus on the anticompetitive behaviors of these four companies, and it’s not as clear how they would affect other large companies like Microsoft. While Microsoft meets the standard laid out under these bills to be considered a “covered platform,” like meeting the over $600 billion market cap and 50 million monthly active users, the bills don’t target the company’s specific lines of business.
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