Apple's Tim Cook expected to join CEOs of Google, Amazon, and Facebook in testifying before...

nanoguy

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It's no secret that Big Tech is under the lawmakers' microscope for everything from privacy violations, abusing user data, and antitrust concerns that stem from the way these companies have come to dominate entire markets and prevent competitors from growing big enough to threaten that position.

For instance, the DOJ is interested in knowing more about Google's search business and determine if the company is using its success in that area to push many other products and services at the expense of its competitors. In the case of Facebook, the FTC believes the social giant has been using controversial data policies to thwart potential rivals and decide which ones are worth buying.

According to a report from the Washington Post (which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos) later confirmed by the New York Times, the CEOs of Google, Facebook, and Amazon are willing to testify before Congress later this summer on antitrust concerns, but Apple has only signalled the intention to send a senior executive, with no word on whether Tim Cook would testify.

This would make him the only CEO that didn't commit to participating in the hearing, even as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos all sent letters explicitly agreeing to testify as long as all others commit to do the same.

The hearing is organized by the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee which is led by David Cicilline, and will take place later this summer. Even if it happens online due to health concerns, it will draw a lot of attention as it's probably the most important moment in the battle for regulating these tech giants.

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Uncle Al

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The REAL pressure is going to be on the Congress & Senate to do the right thing ...... unless your last name is the same as a famous oceanographer I would advise holding your breath!
 

BadThad

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The power-hungry scumbags have only one desire. To keep their power and their money at any cost. This is why the all align with the left in politics. The goal of the left is to control people with big government tactics to keep the people down and dependent on handouts. We eat the crumbs why the elite rich sail in their yachts and enjoy their millions. Liberalism is a cancer on the planet. It has enslaved the ignorant to their system because "they told you so".
 

toooooot

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The power-hungry scumbags have only one desire. To keep their power and their money at any cost. This is why the all align with the left in politics. The goal of the left is to control people with big government tactics to keep the people down and dependent on handouts. We eat the crumbs why the elite rich sail in their yachts and enjoy their millions. Liberalism is a cancer on the planet. It has enslaved the ignorant to their system because "they told you so".
I wouldn't say it is Liberalism, in its authentic true form. It is more of a mix of radical self ideas, backed inflated ego of self righteous activist masking behind social warriors. I see the danger in the inability to respect anything that doesn't agree with what you describe as liberalism, bullying and trying to silence anyone pointing at the holes of their believes.
I mean, when I engage in an argument with those, they point at the things like rich people trying to pay to poor as little as possible and so on. As if that's what it boils down to and like I am supporting exactly that by arguing with them. When in reality, some of them are harassing people believing they are fighting for the good things. Whats worse, many large media outlets are no longer exist to provide news, they exist for their activists to spread their believes and values, disregarding the things "the read" might not be interested in.
On the positive side, this movement has already produced some of the most listened talkers who have more than one complain regarding how these activism outlets operate and why they are not what they claim to be. To summarize, I do not think the majority of people calling themselves liberals know what it means. It is what humanity does, taking something good and then slowly twisting its meaning using it for personal gain or worse, evil.