CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook to testify before Congress in an antitrust hearing later in the month of July.
The news was confirmed by Democratic Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island to journalist Kara Swisher on 1st July 2020.
According to a spokesman of the House Judiciary Committee, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai, Apple’s Tim Cook and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos have all agreed to testify.
The July hearing will be a big step for the House Judiciary antitrust committee’s inquiry which is investigating abuses by each of the four big companies. For Google, the discussion has revolved on its control of the ad market, but for Facebook the focus has been on its acquisitions. Apple’s App Store policies have borne the brunt of its antitrust scrutiny, while Amazon’s treatment of third-party sellers is being examined.
Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai are all veterans of congress testimonials. However, the hearing will be the first time for Jeff Bezos to appear before the Congress.
Apart from the antitrust investigation, the four CEOs will also be questioned on other major issues like hate speech of Facebook, Google’s YouTube division and Amazon’s treatment of warehouse workers.
It has not been determined whether the four CEOs will appear in person or through virtual means due to the ongoing pandemic.
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