Antitrust hearing with CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google will likely be delayed

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaking at the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. (Economic Club of Washington, D.C. Photo / Gary Cameron)

A hotly anticipated House antitrust hearing with the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google set for Monday will likely be delayed according to reports from CNBC, The Verge, and Axios.

The hearing is expected to be postponed due to memorial services for the late Rep. John Lewis next week. The civil rights champion will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol and a ceremony is scheduled for Monday afternoon.

Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sundar Pichai were set to testify Monday before the House antitrust subcommittee on market dominance in the tech sector, the culmination of an inquiry into the companies they run that has lasted for more than a year. It is not clear when the new hearing date will be scheduled but Axios reports the committee is looking at the week of August 3.

The executives are expected to attend the hearing via video call due to the ongoing public health risk. It will be the first time all four CEOs have appeared together to address concerns about anti-competitive behavior in the tech industry. It will also be the first time Bezos testifies before Congress. The four tech giants are under antitrust scrutiny from several government entities in the U.S. and abroad.

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