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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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Google , Facebook , Amazon and Apple defended their business practices in responses to detailed questions by lawmakers conducting an inquiry into antitrust issues in the tech sector. Amazon . Pushed back against criticism that it unfairly competes with third-party sellers in its marketplace with

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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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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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Facebook , Google , Amazon and Apple are pushing back against the US government’s antitrust investigations, downplaying their dominance of Google claimed that because “the vast majority” of clicks generated by a Google search go to websites not owned by Google , its near-complete hold on

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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.

The Justice Department will reportedly investigate Google’s Fitbit acquisition .
It’s already leading a larger antitrust probeThe New York Post reports that the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission — either of which could have investigated the merger — both had concerns about the merger. But the Justice Department already opened a larger antitrust investigation into Google, demanding documents from the company in September. The agency has also announced a wide-ranging probe of large technology companies, focusing on “search, social media, and some retail services.” The FTC was given authority to investigate Facebook and Amazon.

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