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Big Tech critics ask Raimondo to meet after criticizing European proposals

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo listens to a question during an interview with Reuters at the Department of Commerce in Washington, U.S. September 23, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

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WASHINGTON, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Critics of tech giants like Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google have urged Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to hold a meeting in January after she expressed concern over a proposed law in Europe aimed at curbing American platforms.

Yelp (YELP.N), the News Media Alliance, REX and others signed a letter dated Tuesday requesting a meeting the week of Jan. 10-14 after Raimondo said in early December that the administration was closely monitoring the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act under review by Europe.

“We have serious concerns that these proposals will have a disproportionate impact on US-based technology companies and their ability to properly serve EU customers and meet security and privacy standards,” he said. she declared.

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The DSA would force Google, Amazon, Apple (AAPL.O) and Facebook owner Meta (FB.O) to do more to crack down on illegal content on their platforms or risk fines of up to 6% of global revenue . The DMA sets out a list of do’s and don’ts for US tech giants designated as online gatekeepers with fines of up to 10% of global revenue for violations, a world first.

In the letter, the eight companies said many U.S. companies support the rules.

“US companies have repeatedly raised concerns about the anti-competitive behavior of these dominant internet platforms and provided evidence to European policymakers when drafting EU legislative proposals,” they wrote.

“We hope that in the future, you will work to advance the interests of all American businesses and American consumers when interacting with our transatlantic partners,” they wrote.

The Commerce Department said in a statement that Raimondo supports the goals of the legislation and will continue to speak to European partners about it. “In the video, Secretary Raimondo makes clear reference to the U.S. government’s long-standing practice of consulting with partners to ensure their laws do not discriminate against U.S. businesses,” the department said.

The letter was signed by Yelp, Felt, Genius, REX

News Media Alliance, Patreon, OfferFit and Beeper.

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Reporting by Diane Bartz Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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