The CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google will testify before Congress Wednesday in what will be a crucial hearing for the future of both antitrust law and Big Tech’s relationship with Washington.
It will be the first time that Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai appear for questioning together and comes as the congressional panel hosting the hearing enters the final stretch of its investigation into digital marketplace competition.
For Democrats on the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, led by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Wednesday’s testimony will be one of the last major components of that exhaustive process, which started in June 2019 and included hundreds of hours of calls, meetings and briefings, as well as the review of 1.3 million documents. No release date has been announced for the report.
A few Republicans on the subcommittee have signaled they will use the hearing to grill the nation’s top tech CEOs on content moderation, pursuing persistent yet unsubstantiated allegations that social media platforms discriminate against conservatives.
Gaetz Refers Zuckerberg to DOJ: ‘for Materially False Statements Made to Congress While Testifying Under Oath’
Gaetz: Project Veritas Investigations ‘Have Shown Ample Evidence of Such Bias and Manipulation’
Facebook CEO Mislead Congress When He ‘Repeatedly and Categorically Denied Any Bias’
Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony ‘violates the “good faith” provision of Section 230(c)(2)(A) of the Communications Decency Act’
[Washington—July 27, 2020] A criminal referral sent to Attorney General Attorney General William Barr called for investigation into Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for
misleading Congress into how his company censors’ content as announced by House
Judiciary Committee member Matt Gaetz.
“As a member of this body, I question Mr. Zuckerberg’s veracity, and challenge his
willingness to cooperate with our oversight authority, diverting congressional
resources during time-sensitive investigations, and materially impeding our
work,” wrote Gaetz in a letter released today.