Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple hearing faces delay

Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple hearing faces delay

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The meeting was to examine whether the four firms were too powerful

A showdown between the U.S. government and the four big tech giants – Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google – is set to be postponed.

The hearing was intended to challenge the dominance of companies in their areas of e-retail, smartphone software, social media and research.

The delay is expected to be granted to politicians to attend a service for the late civil rights activist and MP John Lewis.

A new date has yet to be confirmed.

The development was first reported by Protocol and Reuters, then confirmed by the FT.

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Sundar Pichai of Google, Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Tim Cook of Apple should have appeared via video link in front of the antitrust panel of the judicial committee of the House of Representatives.

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The leaders of Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon have more time to prepare for the antitrust hearing

The meeting would have been the culmination of a one-year survey of companies.

The panel is ready to publish a report later recommending if legislation is needed to end corporate dominance over their respective sectors.

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