A new coalition of small business groups on Tuesday launched a campaign for stricter US antitrust rules, specifically calling for the collapse of the online titanium trade Amazon.
The small business group, which includes the American Booksellers Association, the National Food Association, and a number of local and regional business organizations.
The coalition’s website said its goal was “to stop technology monopolies, such as.” Amazon, by turning the online market by breaking them down and regulating them. “
The move comes amid a growing backlash against big tech companies that dominate key economic sectors and see their influence grow during the pandemic.
The new small business group said it supported the conclusions of a recent report by the US Congress, which highlighted the strength of technology platforms and called for stricter enforcement of antitrust and new legislation to facilitate the dismantling of some companies.
“By restoring competitive markets, we can unlock the potential of Americans to grow successful businesses and build an economy that is more prosperous, fair and innovative,” the group said.
He specifically called Amazon, saying that “the suffocation of online commerce is one of the biggest threats to independent business.”
The group said the congressional investigation “found that Amazon had used its power as a gatekeeper over online shopping traffic to impose excessive fees, demand oppressive conditions and extract valuable data from independent manufacturers and retailers that depend on its platform. “.
Amazon dismissed allegations that it was stifling competition, arguing in a statement that “narcissistic critics are pushing for wrong free market interventions that would kill independent retailers and punish consumers.”
A company statement in response to an AFP inquiry said that “Amazon enabled small and medium-sized businesses to generate hundreds of billions of dollars in sales last year and their sales are growing significantly faster than Amazon’s first-party sales.”
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