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Bezos, Zuckerberg, Pichai, and Cook sweat over US Senate queries

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Bezos, Zuckerberg, Pichai, and Cook sweat over US Senate queries

To avoid being charged with stifling competition, four Big Tech CEOs — Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Google’s Sundar Pichai, and Apple’s Tim Cook — are defending their companies’ practices before Congress as a House panel concludes its perennial investigation of industry market dominance.

The powerful CEOs defended their companies amid serious grilling by lawmakers on Wednesday.

The executives provided much data showing how competitive their markets are, and the value of their innovation and essential services to consumers.

But some strived to answer pointed questions about their business practices.

They also met face-to-face over a range of other interests, including alleged political bias, their effect on U.S. democracy, and their role in China.

The four CEOs were testifying remotely to lawmakers, most of whom were sitting, in masks, inside the hearing room in Washington.

Among the toughest questions for Google and Amazon involved accusations that they used their dominant platforms to scoop up data about competitors in a way that gave them an unfair advantage.

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