The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would bar tech giants like Apple, Google, Amazon and others from giving preference to their own businesses on their websites, despite hefty lobbying from top executives like Apple CEO Tim Cook.
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Lawmakers voted on an amended version of a bill introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, and Chuck Grassley, a Republican, that expanded the definition of companies covered by the bill to include firms like the popular video app TikTok and specified that companies were not required to share data with firms that the U.S. government considers national security risks.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz said during the hearing that he spoke on Wednesday with Cook, saying he “expressed significant concerns about the bill.”