1. China drafts new antitrust guideline to rein in tech giants. The goal of this paper is to argue that regulation is too strict. Here is the news for your reference:
2. Specifically, here are three points I wanted to argue in this article.
-price discrimination among consumers
You can get the better price if you use Android phone when you shop on e-commerce platform. However, you got more expensive price if you use iPhone. I wanted to argue that make senses because e-commerce needs to bear the pressure if they could not sell all the products. It is also very common that vendor will sell different clients the different price traditionally.
-preferential treatment for merchants who sign exclusive agreements with platforms
E-commerce platform needs to invest a lot for infrastructure and showing the products of those merchants. Normally, they don’t charge merchants because of business practice in digital era. So I wanted to argue it is beneficial for merchant and platform to sign exclusive agreement.
-compulsory collection of user data
Pepople normally register the user with the consent of the compulsory collection of user data. At the first galance, it does not look fair. But it is all the same for digital platforms. I wanted to argue that government shall address the issue “who owns the data” rather than “control platform not to collect data”
– Introduction: how big of tech giants in China look like/and what is the market scale in the world/also point out that it is not easy to monopoly the e-commerce market