Jul 29, 2020

Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google defend firms against calls for break-up

The heads of some of the world's biggest tech companies have appeared before lawmakers in Washington to defend their firms as critics call for them to be broken up. Amazon boss Jeff Bezos said the world "Needs large" firms, while the heads of Facebook, Apple and Google argued their companies had spurred innovation. Conservatives also accuse tech firms of suppressing conservative views and abusing their powers when it comes to free speech. The companies pushed back against those arguments during the much anticipated congressional hearing, in which they appeared by remote video. In his prepared remarks, Mr Bezos said his firm faced significant competition from firms such as Walmart.

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