House Antitrust Subcommittee Grills Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple at Hearing

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The House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee grilled executives from Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google in a hearing as part of their wide-ranging investigation into big tech companies and the threats they may pose to competition. Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline (D-RI) said the internet has become “increasingly concentrated, less open, and growingly hostile to innovation and entrepreneurship,” as well as a perceived “kill zone” that prevents new companies from challenging established tech giants. Tech executives rebutted those ideas in their written testimony and in answers to lawmakers’ inquiries, arguing that their organizations face robust competition from a variety of entities and that their products and platforms allow other businesses to be successful.

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