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Following GOP’s Lead, Democrats Launch Apple Inquiry

In addition to questions about slowing down phones, Democrats want to know more about Apple’s efforts to combat smartphone addiction among children.

By NTK Staff | 01.17.2018 @1:00pm
Following GOP’s Lead, Democrats Launch Apple Inquiry

Capitol Hill Democrats, days after Republicans in the Senate and House sent letters to Apple, followed suit this week with questions about the tech giant’s decision to slow down older phones and how it plans to combat smartphone addiction among children.

The Democrat letter is led by Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL), who is joined by the following members of Congress:

House Energy and Commerce Committee members Reps. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), as well as Congressional Black Caucus members Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) and Marc Veasey (D-Texas), also signed the letter.

At the heart of the letter are a series of controversies that have embroiled Apple in the past few months.

“We share in the belief that it would be unfair to paint smartphone addiction as solely an ‘Apple problem.’ However as a highly visible and dominant market player in the smartphone space, we believe Apple’s leadership on this issue can help industry and public health stakeholders take proactive steps to cultivate socially responsible and accountable best practices,” the lawmakers wrote.

“As Members of Congress representing a significant population of iPhone users, lower income Americans, and communities of color, we’d like to engage you in a purposeful manner to make certain that Apple’s iPhone performance modifications on older model iPhones did not have an adverse impact of these populations, and did not harm consumers,” they continued.

The Democrat letter follows letters sent by Sen. John Thune (R-SD), who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee, and a group of GOP members on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In addition to slowing down older phones, Apple has also been accused of slowing the download speeds of certain phones, a topic NTK Network has covered extensively.

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