Facebook, Google absorb U.S. lawmakers' jabs in rare Big Tech hearing

Reuters |
Published: 07.29.20 , 23:23
Google and Facebook took the sharpest jabs for alleged abuse of their market power from Democrats and Republicans on Wednesday in a much-anticipated congressional hearing with four of America's most prominent tech CEOs in the hot seat.
Facebook Inc's Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon.com Inc's Jeff Bezos, Alphabet Inc-owned Google's Sundar Pichai and Apple Inc's Tim Cook - whose companies together represent about $5 trillion of market value - parried a range of accusations from lawmakers via videoconference before the House Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel.
U.S. Representative David Cicilline, a Democrat and chair of the antitrust subcommittee, began by accusing Google of theft. "Why does Google steal content from honest businesses?" he asked. Cicilline accused Google of stealing reviews from the company Yelp Inc and said that Google threatened to delist the company from search results if it objected.