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The House Judiciary Committee has asked Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple to hand over documents as they probe competition problems in digital markets, focusing on whether firms are engaging in anti-competitive conduct online and whether anti-trust laws need to be updates.
Letters addressed to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Apple CEO Tim Cook were sent out Friday points out that 'protection of trade and commerce against unlawful restraints and monopolies' lies under the Committee's jurisdiction in the House of Representatives, as they lay out a list of files to be turned in by October 14.
Chairman - Jerry - Nadler - Ranking - Member
Signed by the Chairman Jerry Nadler and Ranking Member Doug Collins, as well as the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law's Chairman David N. Cicilline and its Ranking Member James Sesenbrenner Jr, they have requested internal emails between top stakeholders related to their biggest competitors and companies they have acquired.
For Google's parent company Alphabet that includes YouTube, while Facebook purchased Instagram, WhatsApp and the now-closed Vine.
Years - Amazon - Likes - Whole - Foods
In recent years Amazon has acquired the likes of Whole Foods and Ring, while in Apple's letter their decision to permit Amazon to sell a limited number of iPhones is on the list of information requested as well as details pertaining to the ranking of their own apps in the App Store.
On Friday, Rhode Island Democrat Cicilline in a statement that their move marks an 'important milestone in this investigation'.
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