Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Sundar Pichai and Mark Zuckerberg will defend their corporations earlier than the House Antitrust Subcommittee Wednesday in a listening to that may make tech trade historical past, it doesn’t matter what occurs.
Given that the tech giants are accustomed to answering to nobody particularly, amassing 4 of them on a substantive matter is notable in its personal proper. Remarkably, Wednesday will mark the primary time Amazon’s CEO has confronted lawmakers in a public listening to — and so they’re sure to have loads of questions for the take-no-prisoners on-line retail behemoth.
For Apple and Cook, preferring to remain above the public-facing political fray, it’s the primary time earlier than Congress in years. Facebook and Google have each been referred to as to Congress extra not too long ago, however lawmakers have nonetheless barely scratched the floor of two corporations which have fully reshaped trendy life.
If you’re simply catching up, learn our explainer about why this entire factor is going on in any respect and what to anticipate. You can even learn the opening statements from Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google and skip them tomorrow so you may spend extra time together with your Nespresso or no matter it’s we’re all doing to get by nowadays. The statements present a good suggestion of how the businesses will play protection towards regulators eager to put in some security options earlier than we barrel right into a contemporary decade of unchecked progress.
There are lots of unknowns heading into the listening to. Will lawmakers extract any helpful revelations or will or not it’s 5 hours of “allow us to get again to you on that?” Could tech executives handle to be much more evasive now that they’re showing remotely through video chat? Will some subcommittee members lead the listening to thus far into off-topic territory that we study nothing concerning the enterprise practices that scaled an trade of market-owning giants? And most significantly: On a scale of 1 to supervillain, what sort of vibes will Bezos give off?
We hope to know the solutions to all of those questions and extra — presumably even a query from a lawmaker or two — as we cowl Wednesday’s occasions intently. If you’re excited about watching it go down your self, you may tune into the livestream proper right here (properly, up there) on Wednesday July 29 at 12PM ET.
What to count on from tech’s historic antitrust showdown with Congress