US platform chiefs to testify before House antitrust panel later this month

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The Chief Executive Officers of some of the worlds leading platform businesses,  Amazon.com, Apple Inc, Google and Facebook will appear before a US House of Representatives panel on July 27, the committee have announced in a statement.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai and Apple’s Tim Cook will all appear before the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee as part of its probe into the companies, the statement said.

They will be allowed to appear virtually.

“As we have said from the start, their testimony is essential for us to complete this investigation,” Jerrold Nadler, the House judiciary panel chairman, and David Cicilline, the House antitrust subcommittee chairman, said in a statement.

Earlier this month, our partner news agency Reuters reported the big four tech platforms’ heads would testify before US Congress. Lawmakers are expected to release a report on their antitrust investigation in the coming weeks.

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The US Justice Department is also probing the big four tech platforms. Facebook and Amazon are also facing inquiries by the Federal Trade Commission, while US states attorneys general are looking at Facebook and Google.

Overseas, the companies are also being probed, with the European Union ramping fines and rhetoric over the dominant US-based players.

Via our content partners at Reuters. Reporting by Makini Brice. Editing by Mohammad Zargham and Tom Brown.

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