News

Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Google, e-mail, asked in a U.S. House panel to probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Friday was an internal e-mail, detailed financial information, and other documents of the company, the top executives of the Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN.O), Facebook Inc (FB.O) and Apple Inc (AAPL.Oh, and the letters Inc, and Google (GOOGL.(O) expansion of the anti-trust probe of the Large-Tech.

The characters jump off the Oct. 14 is an internal e-mail from the past ten years, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, and the words of CEO Larry Page, among other things, of the company.

Apple’s shares have declined from around 1.8% at the market open. While Apple had been mentioned as a potential target, the House, the letter provided the first concrete evidence of a broad anti-trust investigation.

Apple has faced criticism that its App Store policies and algorithms in support of its own products, and, increasingly, third-party applications.

On Monday, the Texas attorney general led a group of 50 attorneys general of the united states of america, as well as areas of a probe of Google’s exploitation of its market power in the world of advertising.

“There is growing evidence that a handful of companies that have come to capture a large share of the online commerce and communications,” said House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat, who signed the letters, along with the Ranking Republican, Representative Doug Collins, and Representative David Cicilline, who is the chairman of the antitrust subcommittee, and its ranking Republican, Jim Sensenbrenner.

Related Coverage

  • Apple’s app store will be eyed in the US Congress, and the anti-trust probe

“This information is key in helping to determine whether anti-competitive conduct is occurring, or enforcement agencies to investigate particular issues, and whether our anti-trust laws need to be improved in order to better promote competition in the digital marketplace,” Collins said in a statement.

Lawmakers seek e-mails from senior executives on topics including, takeovers, such as Amazon, buy it from AbeBooks, PillPack, From the Ring, Zappos, and Whole Foods; and Google’s acquisition of AdMob, YouTube, Android and DoubleClick.

They are also looking for more information about the different areas, including Google’s decision to automatically sign-in to Chrome for each user who logs into a Google service.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment, while Amazon and Facebook declined to comment. Google is a reference to a blog post this week that said the services “make a choice for the consumer.”

The commission has requested information from the companies, managers on the market, the competitors, and their customers for specific products and documents from the other case studies.

It’s early in the morning, Apple for more information about the App Store, such as the decision to have some parental control apps, and the policy with regard to the question of whether iPhone users are not Apple-branded apps by default.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are a combination of photos from Reuters of the files./File Photo

The committee wishes to have the communication on the Facebook acquisition of Instagram, WhatsApp and Onavo and its decision to integrate with Instagram, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp, and the cutting off of the apps to their social network.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in in July to investigate “whether and how” the big tech companies in the search, social media, retail, and online services”, are engaged in anti-competitive behaviour. Google said that it received a formal request for documents from the Department of Justice, at the end of the month of August.

Reporting by: Jan Wolfe, David Shepardson, and He Pietsch; Editing by Kevin Liffey, Chizu Nomiyama, Dan Grebler and David Gregorio

Follow us

Don't be shy, get in touch. We love meeting interesting people and making new friends.

Most popular