The subcommittee will hear testimony from four CEOs of the largest tech companies in the United States — Google’s parent company Alphabet, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon.
Wednesday’s planned session continues an on-going Congressional investigation into American tech and the role it has played in monopolizing the marketplace, unethically manipulating user data, and failing to police content on its platforms. Indeed, the crucial role tech companies play in American life has drawn criticism from both Republicans and Democrats alike.
While these issues have been brought previously, they have largely remained unsolved. The official title of the hearing is “Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 6: Examining the Dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.”
For CEOs like Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, optics and PR will be a top priority. In addition to lawmakers on the Hill, American citizens have grown wary of behemoth corporate players and question whether the amount of capital, power, and influence is good for the health of domestic institutions.