Business and finance executives of giants Amazon , Apple , Facebookand Alphabet, the company that owns Google , will testify before a congressional committee of the US House of Representatives next Tuesday (16), in a hearing for discuss the enormous market power exercised by online platforms.
In a statement on Tuesday (9), the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee said the deponents will include: Adam Cohen, director of economic policy at Google; Nate Sutton, Associate General Regulatory Advisor at Amazon; Matt Perault of Facebook and the head of global policy development and corporate vice president of corporate law, Kyle Andeer.
Apple and Google did not respond to a comment request. Facebook had no immediate comment. Amazon spokeswoman Jodi Seth said they will testify but did not share details.
The hearings come as the House Judiciary Committee is probing competition in digital markets as part of a probe announced last month with Republicans and Democrats expressing concern over the power exercised by several of the world’s most valuable companies.
Conservatives, including US President Donald Trump, complain that social networks are acting to silence voices that do not agree on their platforms. Meanwhile, progressives like presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren have asked Amazon, Google and Facebook to sell companies they previously bought as a way of dealing with competition issues.
In addition, Facebook must pay a $ 5 billion fine on account of the data misuse scandal by the Cambridge Analytica consulting firm , which obtained information from millions of Facebook users without their permission. The company was hired by President Donald Trump for his presidential campaign in the US in 2016.