Review Focuses on Practices that Create or Maintain Structural Impediments to Greater Competition and User Benefits
The Department of Justice announced today that the Department's Antitrust Division is reviewing whether and how market-leading online platforms have achieved market power and are engaging in practices that have reduced competition,stifled innovation,or otherwise harmed consumers.
The Department's review will consider the widespread concerns that consumers,businesses,and entrepreneurs have expressed about search,social media,and some retail services online.The Department's Antitrust Division is conferring with and seeking information from the public,including industry participants who have direct insight into competition in online platforms,as well as others.
"Without the discipline of meaningful market-based competition,digital platforms may act in ways that are not responsive to consumer demands,"said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Antitrust Division."The Department's antitrust review will explore these important issues."
反垄断部门的助理司法部长 Makan Delrahim 说:"如果没有有意义的基于市场的竞争纪律，数字平台的行为可能不符合消费者的需求。"。"司法部的反垄断审查将探讨这些重要问题。"
The goal of the Department's review is to assess the competitive conditions in the online marketplace in an objective and fair-minded manner and to ensure Americans have access to free markets in which companies compete on the merits to provide services that users want.If violations of law are identified,the Department will proceed appropriately to seek redress.