Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google (Alphabet) will testify next week before a House congressional committee at a hearing on the power held by online platforms, and whether government should be regulating it.
The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee said on Tuesday that witnesses at the July 16 hearing would include Adam Cohen, Google's director of economic policy, Amazon general counsel for regulation Nate Sutton, Facebook’s Matt Perault, and Kyle Andeer, who is Apple's head of global policy development and Apple vice president for corporate law.
Apple and Google did not respond to a request for comment. Amazon spokeswoman Jodi Seth said they will testify but did not share details. Facebook had no immediate comment.
This comes as the House Judiciary Committee is probing competition in digital markets as part of an investigation announced last month, with both Republicans and Democrats expressing concern about the power exercised by several of the world’s most valuable companies.
The executive branch has antitrust probes underway with the Justice Department looking at Google and Apple while the FTC probes Facebook and Amazon.
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