Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple execs head to Capitol Hill for antitrust hearing

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Executives from some of the nation’s biggest tech companies will be in the hot seat Tuesday afternoon as they face wide-ranging questions from the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel about the threats they may pose to competition.

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The hearing on “innovation and entrepreneurship” will include testimony from executives of four sprawling tech companies, including:

  •  Google’s Director of Economic Policy Adam Cohen  
  • Amazon’s Associate General Counsel, Competition Nate Sutton  
  • Facebook’s Head of Global Policy Development Matt Perault  
  • Apple’s Vice President, Corporate Law Kyle Andeer


Slated to begin at 2 p.m. ET, the hearing comes in the midst of simmering tensions between Silicon Valley and Capitol Hill -- and could potentially set the table for increased oversight of the tech industry.

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The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice are said to be looking into big tech practices as they explore a possible antitrust violation case. Last week, the FTC reportedly voted to approve a $5 billion settlement with Facebook, resolving a lengthy probe into the social media behemoth’s data privacy practices.


Meanwhile, some 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, most notably Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, have called for the break-up of some of the country’s biggest tech firms, which Warren has referred to as “monopolies.”

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