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House investigators say they have begun receiving information from the major tech companies

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, are seen in a combination photo from the Reuters files. (REUTERS photo//File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The leaders of the House of Representatives, Judiciary Committee, said late on Tuesday that it had begun with the receipt of the data by Facebook, Alphabet, Google, Amazon, and Apple, as part of its investigation into the companies alleged violations of the antitrust laws.

The probe is one of several federal, state, and congressional level, and aims at determining whether or not the companies are using their considerable influence in the online market in illegally to harm competitors, or otherwise breaking the law.

“We’ve received the first entries out of alphabetical order, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook, as part of a research project. While we do not yet have all of the information requested, it is anticipated that all four companies will use the information in the brief to the committee, the leaders said in a joint statement.

“We look forward to their continued compliance with the committee’s investigation,” they said in a statement.

The statement of the Representatives Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Doug Collins, the top Republican in the committee, David Cicilline, president of the anti-trust sub-committee, and Jim Sensenbrenner, the top Republican on the antitrust subcommittee.

“We will hold additional public hearings, debates and round-table discussions, as our investigation continues,” according to the statement.

Facebook Inc’s (FB.(O) and Google (GOOGL.D) declined to comment, while a Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN.O) and Apple Inc (AAPL.D) did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Edwina Gibbs

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