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The EU wants CEOs from Apple, Amazon, Alphabet and Facebook to testify about monopolistic practices

June 16, 2020

Businesses have until June 14 to respond to the invitation.

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The EU wants CEOs from Apple, Amazon, Alphabet and Facebook to testify about monopolistic practicesThe EU wants CEOs from Apple, Amazon, Alphabet and Facebook to testify about monopolistic practices

This story originally appeared on Engadget

An investigation by the United States House of Representatives on technology competition could testify to some of the biggest names in the industry. According to a report by AxiosThe judiciary committee has asked Apple, Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook to say whether their CEOs will testify for the antitrust investigation in July. The companies are reported to have until June 14 to respond. However, they may not have a choice, regardless of their answers: the letters suggest possible summonses for relevant testimonials and documents unless the CEOs volunteer.

In a statement, committee chairman David Cicilline said that the documents (including responses to other probes) were “essential” for the investigation and that requests like these were part of the “proper process” to obtain the files.

While top tech CEOs have testified for the congress in the past, their appearance is not guaranteed. Occasionally, companies have chosen to send other executives, and Amazon has so far refused to compromise Jeff Bezos’ statements in another investigation. This does not include concerns about the ongoing pandemic. However, if they agree, July could be a crucial month as politicians try to keep technology giants at bay.