THE heads of four of the world’s biggest tech companies have appeared before the US Congress to defend their business practices.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Apple’s Tim Cook and Google’s Sundar Pichai appeared by video link before the House judiciary hearing on antitrust laws.
The company heads, who have been accused of unfair practices and having too much power, argued they face intense competition from each other and from other rivals.
In his prepared statement, Mark Zuckerberg said: ‘Companies aren’t bad just because they are big.’
Their firms were accused by Republicans of having a bias against conservatives. Ohio representative Jim Jordan told them: ‘Big tech’s out to get conservatives.
‘That’s not a suspicion, that’s not a hunch. That’s a fact.’
He then launched into examples where conservative voices, accounts, posts and articles were allegedly silenced or taken down.
Absent from the hearing was Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey — even though he and his platform face some of the most intense criticism from president Donald Trump after attaching warnings to some of his tweets. Before the proceedings, Mr Trump had tweeted he would ‘bring fairness to Big Tech’ if Congress could not.