Many small businesses survived COVID-19.They might not survive Congress.

As Congress considers sweeping antitrust legislation to forcibly intervene in the digital economy, digitally-powered small businesses from around the country are making their voices heard.

Congress: don’t dismantle small businesses’ digital safety net

Some lawmakers are ignoring the millions of small businesses that use free and innovative tools and services supported by American technology platforms that may be collateral damage if overregulation makes digital tools more expensive or less effective.

Here are some real-life small business impacts of the "big is bad" legislation:

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Could outlaw platforms’ ability to elevate their own services and products over similar ones provided by competitors, forcing Google Search to ban Google Business Profiles, Google Maps, and YouTube videos in search results, though these are tools that small businesses utilize for their business and are able to keep updated efficiently for free.
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May force platforms to end free services and increase prices of today’s affordable digital tools, resulting in less accessible and more expensive tools and services, and creating costs and difficulties for small businesses trying to reach new customers.
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May force Amazon Marketplace to become a separate company, thereby losing the efficiencies and savings for third-party sellers and driving up costs for warehousing and shipping.
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May force Facebook to spin off Instagram as an independent company where small businesses would lose the benefits of platform integration and access to capital.
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Would force Amazon, Google and Facebook to remove data from their systems whenever a customer requests, thereby diminishing the quality of search results and targeted advertising and making it harder for small businesses to get noticed by consumers.