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Top tech CEOs to be grilled by US politicians amid concerns over Big Tech dominance

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Some of the top CEO’s in the world are due to be questioned by US politicians over how they wield their power as Big Tech dominance becomes more prominent than ever.

Heads of the likes of Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple will come together before the US House of Representatives.

Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Sundar Pichai of Google will be questioned remotely just under 100 days before the upcoming US Presidential election.

Jeff Bezos wearing a suit and tie: Jeff Bezos of Amazon is just one of the CEOs who will testify in from of the House of Representatives. Pic: Spencer Platt/Getty Images© Provided by Extra.ie Jeff Bezos of Amazon is just one of the CEOs who will testify in from of the House of Representatives. Pic: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

This will be the first time that Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, has testified in front of a congressional committee.

In his prepared remarks that have been posted online, Bezos says ‘I believe Amazon should be scrutinized,’ as he works to present Amazon as an example of great US entrepreneurship.

‘When you look in the mirror, assess the criticism, and still believe you’re doing the right thing, no force in the world should be able to move you.’

Mark Zuckerberg wearing a suit and tie: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will also speak before the US House of Representatives. Pic: EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS© Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will also speak before the US House of Representatives. Pic: EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Meanwhile, Mr Zuckerberg will market Facebook as a ‘proudly American company’, arguing that ‘our story would not have been possible without US laws that encourage competition and innovation’.

Apple’s Tim Cook is to agree that scrutiny is ‘reasonable and appropriate’, but will argue that currently Apple has no dominant position in any market as it faces fierce competition.

This hearing takes place amid a series of antitrust investigations across the US and Europe and a growing concern over the dominance of powerful tech companies.

Tim Cook wearing a suit and tie: Apple’s Tim Cook is to agree that scrutiny is ‘reasonable and appropriate’, but will argue that currently Apple has no dominant position in any market as it faces fierce competition Pic: Roy Rochlin/WireImage© Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Apple’s Tim Cook is to agree that scrutiny is ‘reasonable and appropriate’, but will argue that currently Apple has no dominant position in any market as it faces fierce competition Pic: Roy Rochlin/WireImage

Antitrust expert at the Centre for Democracy and Technology Avery Gardiner explained that the hearing will focus on key issues like the concentration of economic power and competition within the industry.

‘People are feeling frustrated with the way our society is organized, and antitrust is one tool to go after powerful companies,’ she said ahead of the hearing.

However, Law Professor Christopher Sagers of Cleveland State University has argued that ‘the real purpose of the hearing is theatrical, and tied to the politicians’ electoral interests’.

a close up of a remote control sitting on a table: Law Professor Christopher Sagers of Cleveland State University has argued that ‘the real purpose of the hearing is theatrical, and tied to the politicians’ electoral interests’. Pic: Getty© Provided by Extra.ie Law Professor Christopher Sagers of Cleveland State University has argued that ‘the real purpose of the hearing is theatrical, and tied to the politicians’ electoral interests’. Pic: Getty

While many tech giants have received backlash for attempting to stifle conservative views on social media — according to President Trump — the opposite is also true, as Facebook has repeatedly been condemned for failing to hide hateful and misleading content.

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