Apple Googles antitrust hearing may be postponed

 Apple Googles antitrust hearing may be postponed

Netease technology news on July 24, according to foreign media reports, people familiar with the matter disclosed that due to the conflict with the memorial service time of the late representative and famous civil rights leader John Lewis, the hearing of the chief executives of the four technology giants scheduled to be held at noon on July 27 in the house of Representatives judicial committee may be postponed.

Photo: Tim Cook, CEO of apple

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg have all promised to attend hearings to testify on the companies antitrust issues, people familiar with the matter said.

At present, the judicial committee and antitrust Committee of the US House of representatives have not confirmed the above information. After Lewis died on Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the farewell ceremony for the former congressman will be held at 2:00 p.m. local time on the 27th in the U.S. Capitol building, which is open to invitation only.

Last year, the house antitrust Committee announced a bipartisan investigation into platform gatekeepers and dominant technology companies. Apple was censored for its app store business, including copying and replacing apps from other companies. In addition, Apples 30% commission from developers earnings has become an increasingly controversial topic in the past few months.

Cook is reported to have spent most of July preparing for the hearing. He initially declined to attend hearings, arguing that apple does not belong to the ranks of companies that are increasingly seen as antitrust criminals..

After the hearing, members plan to issue a report based on their findings throughout the investigation and make legislative proposals aimed at keeping the antitrust law up-to-date in response to emerging problems in the digital market.

The hearing had been delayed because of the outbreak of the new coronavirus, which disrupted the normal work of Congress. The chairman of the committee, David cicilline, said in January that he expected the report to be submitted in early April, but that timetable had been delayed for at least a few months since. If the hearing is really delayed, when it will be held is not known. (small)

Source: Qiao JunJing, editor in charge of Netease science and Technology Report_ NBJ11279