The CEOs of the four largest tech companies in the world are set to testify before Congress later this month. Apple’s Tim Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Alphabet/Google’s Sundar Pichai, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg have all agreed to answer questions related to the topic of antitrust.
Cook, Bezos, Pichai, and Zuckerberg are all set to appear to testify before a US House Judiciary Committee antitrust investigation, according to Kara Swisher. The story was later picked up by The New York Times.
SCOOP: You can officially call it Techopalooza. Rep. David Cicilline has told me in an interview today the four CEOs of the most powerful tech companies in the world – Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon – have agreed to appear at a late July hearing on antitrust. Column coming!
— Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) July 1, 2020
Each of the four companies has been probed for various reasons in the past, due to discrepancies brought to light. Apple, for instance, has seen a variety of complaints within its App Store policies. Amazon, on the other hand, has been investigated for its treatment of third-party resellers. The ongoing investigations have looked at Facebook’s acquisitions of smaller companies in the past. Finally, Google has been investigated for its control over the ad market on the internet.
Beyond the antitrust investigation, the US House Judiciary Committee is also likely to ask questions regarding hate speech on Facebook and Google’s YouTube division. The committee is also likely to talk about the treatment of warehouse workers to Amazon’s Bezos.
The format of the testimonies is still unclear. Whether Cook, Bezos, Pichai, and Zuckerberg will testify in person or through a virtual conference of sorts is still being discussed. The date of the hearings is still being decided as well. Cook, Pichai, and Zuckerberg have all testified in front of Congress in the past. However, this will be Jeff Bezos’ first time appearing in front of Congress.