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H.R. 5017: Open App Markets Act

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Who should decide what apps you can install: Tim Cook, or you?


99.7 percent of all U.S. smartphones run on one of two operating systems: Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android. Users who want to add apps to their phones are largely doing so from either Google or Apple’s app stores. It’s possible to add individual apps without using the app stores, but it is more difficult and most users are unaware that it’s an option.

Given both their market shares and the prominence of their app stores, Google and Apple have enormous power to decide which outside apps are and aren’t allowed for download or sale in their app store.

One of the most notable examples in recent years was when Apple banned an app called Send Me To …

Sponsor and status

Henry “Hank” Johnson Jr.

Sponsor. Representative for Georgia's 4th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Aug 13, 2021
Length: 10 pages
Aug 13, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Aug 13, 2021

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on August 13, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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6 Cosponsors (5 Democrats, 1 Republican)

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Aug 13, 2021

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H.R. 5017 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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