Rep David Cicilline (D-RI)

Reps. Cicilline, Buck Release Bill to Hold Online Platforms Accountable for Promoting Extremism

Representatives David Cicilline (D-RI) and Ken Buck (R-CO) introduced the Platform Integrity Act (HR 9695), a bipartisan bill to correct the judicial misinterpretation of a provision of the Communications Decency Act [47 U.S.C. 230(c)(1), if you're scoring at home] by recognizing that online platforms may be held responsible for the content that they promote on their platforms.

Reps Cicilline, Buck, DeSaulnier, and Sen Klobuchar Introduce Bill to Save Local News

House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline (D-RI), Ranking Member Ken Buck (R-CO), Rep Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), and Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Chairwoman Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announced the introduction of the bipartisan Journalism Competition and Preservation Act that will allow small news outlets to band together to negotiate with large online platforms like Google and Facebook. The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act will establish a temporary, 48-month safe harbor that allows small news publishers to negotiate collectively with online platforms to protect Americans’

Reps Cicilline, Sensenbrenner Introduce Bill to Protect Local News Publishers

House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline (D-RI) and Ranking Member F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced the Local News and Emergency Information Act. The legislation would ensure that all local news organizations are eligible for federal stimulus through the Paycheck Protection Program. The bill ensures that small, local broadcasters and publishers are able to access vitally needed loans under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.

Rep Cicilline, Sen Klobuchar and Others Express Serious Concerns over Reports that DOJ Official Urged Dish Executive to Lobby Sens to Influence FCC Regulatory Process

House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline (D-RI) and Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) sent a letter with members of their respective subcommittees, expressing serious concerns over the Justice Department’s handling of the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger.

House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman Cicilline (D-RI) Criticizes FCC’s Rush to Approve T-Mobile’s Proposed Merger with Sprint, Calls for Additional Public Input

House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline (D-RI) sent a letter criticizing the Federal Communications Commission for rushing to approve the Sprint and T-Mobile merger.

The Case for Investigating Facebook

After each misdeed becomes public, Facebook alternates between denial, hollow promises and apology campaigns. As chairman of the House Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law, I am calling for an investigation into whether Facebook’s conduct has violated antitrust laws. Since the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the Federal Trade Commission has confirmed that it is investigating Facebook to determine whether it violated a consent order it entered into with the commission in 2011.

Competition is at the Heart of Facebook's Privacy Problem

[Commentary] Americans should have rights to and control over their data. If we don’t like a service, we should be free to move our data to another. The same network effect that creates value for people on Facebook can also lock them into Facebook’s walled garden by creating barriers to competition. People who may want to leave Facebook are less likely to do so if they aren’t able to seamlessly rebuild their network of contacts, photos, and other social graph data on a competing service or communicate across services.