Sen. Blackburn to Newsmax: FTC Must Remove Ticketmaster Service ‘Bots’

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., told Newsmax Wednesday that the Federal Trade Commission has to “step up” enforcement and remove “bot” accounts from Ticketmaster and other ticket services.

“I know that some of my colleagues are saying, ‘Oh, this is an antitrust issue because you had the merger of live nation and Ticketmaster, but actually, this [has] nothing to do [with that],” Blackburn said during “American Agenda” Wednesday. “It is an algorithmic problem that needs enforcement from the FTC to stop these networks of bots from going in in scooping up all the tickets from so many different types of events that are taking place.”

The issue came to national prominence recently when Ticketmaster canceled the sale of tickets to a Taylor Swift tour after a pre-sale devoured the inventory of tickets, television station FOX 17 in Nashville, Tennessee, reported Nov. 17.

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