Twitter, YouTube, and other social media platforms have agreed in principle to pay a combined $300 million to settle claims by the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department that they discriminated against people who were using their platforms to discuss topics related to antitrust.
The agreement, reached Thursday, will allow the companies to settle complaints that they abused their power and stifled innovation in a bid to keep their users from leaving negative reviews about their competitors.
In return, the companies will have to make changes to their product and services.
The parties also agreed to review the terms of the agreement and take steps to prevent future violations.
The agreements will be made public at the same time as the companies’ next quarterly earnings reports, which will be released in February.
The deal is the latest antitrust settlement between the two sides in the wake of the Trump administration’s sweeping crackdown on free speech online.
Earlier this year, the FTC charged that Facebook and Twitter were engaged in anticompetitive conduct in order to drive up the number of click-through rates of their Facebook ads.
Facebook agreed to a $5 billion settlement with the FTC, which also alleged that it was preventing users from being able to share content and make comments about other users and competitors.
In addition, Twitter agreed to settle charges that it engaged in anti-competitive behavior by blocking users from accessing specific search results in certain regions of the U.S. in order for them to remain logged in to their accounts.
The FTC and Justice Department announced the settlement on Thursday in a statement.
“The companies have agreed that they will take appropriate steps to eliminate any discriminatory behavior and ensure that their users have the right to share and discuss their opinions on issues relevant to their companies,” the FTC said.
“We will continue to work with the companies as we work to restore the trust and confidence of consumers and to promote a more open marketplace.”