Washington, July 28
The chief executives of 4 of the world’s largest tech firms, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc, Apple and Alphabet’s Google, plan to argue in a congressional listening to on antitrust on Wednesday that they face intense competitors from one another and from different rivals.
The testimony from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai and Apple’s Tim Cook, which was launched Tuesday, portrays 4 chief executives who’re trying over their shoulders at rivals who might render them out of date.
Pichai argued that search – which Google dominates by most metrics – was broader than simply typing a question into Google, and stated he remained involved about being related as individuals flip to Twitter, Pinterest or different web sites for info.
“We know Google’s continued success is not guaranteed. Google operates in highly competitive and dynamic global markets, in which prices are free or falling, and products are constantly improving,” Pichai stated within the ready remarks.
The 4 will testify to a panel of lawmakers investigating how their enterprise practices and knowledge gathering have damage smaller rivals as they search to retain their dominance, or increase.
In his remarks, Bezos stated Amazon occupies a small share of the general retail market and competes with retailers like Walmart, which is twice its dimension. He additionally stated the coronavirus pandemic boosted e-commerce companies throughout the spectrum and never simply Amazon.
Bezos additionally lays out how small sellers have succeeded on Amazon’s third-party market, a follow that has come below scrutiny from lawmakers.
In his ready testimony, Zuckerberg argued that Facebook competes in opposition to different firms showing on the listening to and in opposition to others globally.
Zuckerberg may also defend Facebook’s acquisitions by saying the social media platform helped firms like WhatsApp and Instagram develop. Both are owned by Facebook.
He may also remind lawmakers of the aggressive risk U.S. tech firms face from China, saying that China is constructing its “own version of the internet focused on very different ideas, and they are exporting their vision to other countries.”
Zuckerberg additionally renewed Facebook’s name for presidency regulation. He has beforehand referred to as for extra legal guidelines in areas the place the corporate has been criticized – similar to dangerous content material in social media, election integrity and privateness.
Apple’s Tim Cook will inform the committee the corporate “does not have a dominant market share in any market where we do business. That is not just true for iPhone, it is true for any product category.”
He will argue the corporate’s “commissions are comparable to or lower than commissions charged by the majority of our competitors. And they are vastly lower than the 50 to 70 percent that software developers paid to distribute their work before we launched the App Store.” –Reuters