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Technology Amazon, Apple Facebook, Google push back against antitrust concerns

02:52  20 november  2019
02:52  20 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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The CEOs of Amazon , Apple , Facebook , and Google will be grilled on Capitol Hill during a major antitrust hearing. Here's everything you This combination of 2019-2020 photos shows Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook , Amazon , Google and Apple declined to comment. For the chief executives, the hearing will be a test of how they perform under fire. Google has said that the search and advertising tech markets that it dominates are changing fast. More than half of all searches for products on the internet

Amazon , Apple , Facebook and Google defended their business practices in responses to questions posed by a congressional committee investigating antitrust issues in the tech sector. The investigation is exploring competition in online markets and whether big tech companies are engaging in "anti-competitive conduct."

a close up of a blue wall: The House Judiciary Committee is investigating antitrust concerns in the tech sector. Chesnot/Getty Images© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. The House Judiciary Committee is investigating antitrust concerns in the tech sector. Chesnot/Getty Images

The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday released the companies' responses to detailed questions the committee asked for in September about the companies and their competitors in online commerce and content, communications related to acquisitions and other competition matters.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (clockwise from top left) speak Gary Reback is perhaps best known as the lawyer who helped convince the U.S. Department of Justice to bring an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft in

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The House probe comes as tech giants faces a flood of scrutiny from government regulators, who've targeted tech companies over potential anti-competitive behavior, privacy breaches and data misuse. The Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission, the two US agencies that handle antitrust issues, are looking into tech companies' business practices.

The House Judiciary Committee is investigating antitrust concerns in the tech sector.© Chesnot/Getty Images

The House Judiciary Committee is investigating antitrust concerns in the tech sector.

In its response, Google denied favoring its own services over its competitors in search, video and internet browsers, according to Reuters. "The vast majority" of clicks from Google searches go to non-Google websites, the company said.

However, Google said it couldn't provide much of the data requested by the committee, according to Reuters.

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Zuckerberg has repeatedly pushed back against criticism of Facebook and the U.S. tech industry by pointing to China as a threat to the current status quo. Apple is somewhat of an afterthought in the tech antitrust hearing largely because its issues stem from its own App Store rather than complete

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"We do not have a standard definition for what searches are considered 'location searches' and thus, cannot provide the specific information requested," Google said in one response.

Facebook acknowledged blocking some third-party apps from its developer platform for replicating core functionality, Reuters reported. When asked for details about why it removed apps such as Phhhoto, MessageMe, Voxer and Stackla, Facebook responded that it "will restrict apps that violate its policies," without elaborating, Reuters reported.

Apple addressed questions about its browser and App Store commissions, but when asked how much I had spent on development of its Maps app, Google responded only by saying "billions," Reuters reported.

Facebook denied using aggregated data from merchants to launch, source or price private-label products, Reuters reported.

Representatives for the companies didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Facebook is facing an EU investigation over data collection .
Google isn't the only tech giant facing an investigation from European Union antitrust regulators over data collection and monetization. The European Commission has Facebook in its sights too. The body told Reuters it started preliminary investigations into how both companies handle data. "These investigations concern the way data is gathered, processed, used and monetized including for advertising purposes," the EU's competition watchdog said.The body told Reuters it started preliminary investigations into how both companies handle data. "These investigations concern the way data is gathered, processed, used and monetized including for advertising purposes," the EU's competition watchdog said.

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