Congress has an unhealthy fixation with app stores—and Congress isn’t alone. Both government and private parties filed antitrust lawsuits last year against the largest app stores. Epic Games filed suit against Apple for its policies on in-app payments, while 36 state attorneys general brought a case against Google for its operation of the Google Play Store.
At least a dozen state legislatures have introduced bills seeking to regulate app stores. And the European Union is moving closer to new expansive rules on the app market with its Digital Markets Act. It appears that Congress has no intentions of missing out.
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