FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are a combination of photos from Reuters of the files. – REUTERS/File Photo
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Seven U.S. Senate Democrats asked for, the Trump administration, on a Friday, in order to give out personal information on a possible Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department’s antitrust investigation of Amazon.com Inc., Facebook Inc., Alphabet, Inc. Apple computer, Inc.
Reuters and other news outlets reported this month that the agencies have been gearing up in order to examine whether or not the companies are abusing their market power.
The senators, led by Senator Amy Klobuchar, a presidential candidate, said in a letter to the FTC Chairman, Joe Simon, and Justice’s anti-trust chief At Delrahim, that, “in view of the silence of the COMMISSION and the Department of Justice, and the truth is that we still don’t know if these studies have been set up, and not to the American people.”
The FTC declined to comment on the letter, while the Ministry of Justice has no immediate comment on Friday.
The letters were also signed by Patrick Leahy, Richard Blumenthal, Tammy Baldwin, Edward Markey, John-Smith-and Cory Booker – another john – who is said to have been encouraged by the media’s reports of the investigations, but it is also somewhat disturbing that such a request was in progress.”
The senators noted that both of these agencies usually is to refrain from commenting on investigations that are not made public, but the circumstances are far from normal. The substantial public interest and the allegations that have been made around the management of Large-Tech and the leak on the adoption process, with regards to the possible investigations of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google have in these cases is highly unusual.”
Reuters reported this month that the Justice Department and the FTC had met in the past few weeks, and it was decided by the Ministry of Justice has the authority to engage in potential anti-trust probe of Apple and Google, as the FTC was given the power to take a look at Amazon and Facebook.
Report by David Shepardson; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Marguerita Choy