CEOs from Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple are scheduled to appear this week in new congressional hearing.
July 26, 2020
A congressional hearing scheduled for Wednesday is expected to have Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on how they conduct their businesses.
Despite a late request made by some Republicans that are on the committee, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey is not expected to testify. Dorsey already appeared before congress back in 2018, where he had to address some tough questions on censorship, data privacy, cyber bullying and political bias.
In April 2019, executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google, appeared before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee, where Republican Senators accused the them of anti-conservative bias, which they denied.
Not surprisingly, Democratic lawmakers sided with the tech companies, arguing there was no evidence of such bias.
Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google then testified in Congress regarding accusations of anti-competitive behavior. Later that year, Leaders of the House Judiciary Committee requested that they hand over certain key documents for their investigation.
This week, the executives from these companies are expected to answer more questions on their business practices and policies related to competition.
The aim of the bipartisan committee’s ongoing investigation is to identify whether new legislation is need to correct any wrong doing.
The hearing will be conducted remotely to comply with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.