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Facebook’s Zuckerberg pledges co-operation with the US anti-trust probe; u.s. congressman

FILE PHOTO: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing with respect to the company, for the use and protection of the information of the user, on Capitol Hill in Washington, d.c., U.S., on April 11, 2018. (REUTERS photo/Leah Millis/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – u.s. Congressman David Cicilline, chair of the u.s. House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel said on Friday that Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg promised the co-operation with the panel’s examination of online markets, in a meeting on Capitol Hill.

The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has opened an investigation into competition in the digital market, in early June, and is one of a series of studies are faced with major technology companies such as Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook, and Alphabet, Inc. ‘ s sites.

“Mr. Zuckerberg has made a commitment to cooperate with the investigation, and I look forward to working together, and I think that we should produce a report at the end of the study,” Democratic Representative Cicilline of Rhode Island, said after the half-hour meeting with Zuckerberg, which was also attended by the Judiciary Committee Chairman, Jerry Nadler.

Representative Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, told reporters following an earlier meeting which had discussed the committee’s two-pronged anti-trust investigation into the large-tech companies.

“I encouraged him to come to the table, to help us, and this is not an adversarial role, from my perspective,” Collins said, adding she was speaking in general, but that is not the question of whether Facebook will make to comply with the document requests. “I think that with their involvement, you’re going to see a lot more participation.”

Last week, the panel has asked for internal emails and detailed financial information, and other documents of the company, the top executives at Amazon, Facebook Inc., Apple, Google, and the broadening of the anti-trust probe by the tech-giants.

The companies have until Feb. 14-produce an internal e-mail sent in the past few years, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, Zuckerberg, and the Alphabet’s CEO, Larry Page, among other things, of the company, and any other issues.

Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Marguerita Choy

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