CEOs of Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google to testify at in-house hearing – Variety2 min read
Big Tech’s four largest executives may soon be in the congressional hot seat, with CEOs of Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google appearing before a House Judiciary Committee hearing as part of its no-confidence motion.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, and Google’s Sundar Pichai (who is the chief executive of the Parent Alphabet) are also scheduled to testify at the hearing. No date has yet been set for their presence, or whether CEOs will be in person or via telecommunications due to the resurgence of COVID-19 in the United States.
The presence of tech giant leaders was first published by New York Times contributing opinion writer Cara Schweizer, who called the square “4 horsemen of tecopylopes.”
According to the Times, the House committee’s lengthy investigation included “eight rounds of table discussions, 93 requests for information, 43 expert testimonies and five hearings.”
“This is the first major outlook for distrust in the industry in 50 years, and a lot of people around the world are seeing how lawyers use technology,” Rep. David Cecilin (DRI) told Swisser. “But we know it’s impossible to end it properly without listening to the decision-makers.”
Following the announcement of the Big Tech investigation by the House Judiciary Committee in June 2012, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) called it a “long-term investigation to determine whether influential digital platforms have harmed Americans in the marketplace and polling stations.”
Large technology companies are also the target of no-confidence investigations by the judiciary, the FTC and various state attorney generals.
Pictured above (l. To r.): Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Apple’s Tim Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Google’s Beautiful Pichai