WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Coalition for App Fairness (CAF) released the following statement after U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) introduced the bipartisan American Innovation and Choice Online Act. The proposal would prohibit dominant platforms from favoring their own products or services, a practice known as self-preferencing. It would also bar monopolistic platforms from discriminating among business users in a way that materially harms competition.
“The Coalition for App Fairness is encouraged that members of Congress in both parties are paying attention to the anti-competitive practices of Apple and other tech gatekeepers,” said Meghan DiMuzio, executive director of the Coalition for App Fairness. “We appreciate Senators Klobuchar and Grassley for their leadership and look forward to continuing our work to address the specific concerns of app developers and consumers around the world.”
Today’s legislation comes as the bipartisan, bicameral Open App Markets Act has been introduced in the U.S. Congress and as European legislators are set to begin consideration of the Digital Markets Act.
About the Coalition for App Fairness
The Coalition for App Fairness is an independent nonprofit organization formed to protect consumer choice, foster competition, and create a level playing field for all app and game developers globally. Originally formed by Basecamp, Blix, Blockchain.com, Deezer, Epic Games, the European Publishers Council, Match Group, News Media Europe, Prepear, Protonmail, Skydemon, Spotify, and Tile, CAF has rapidly grown from 13 to over 60 members since launching in September 2020. CAF offers membership to companies of any size — join today at appfairness.org.