San Francisco, United States:
According to a Wall Street Journal report on Friday, U.S. regulators could interview Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and his right-wing executive to determine if the social network has violated monopoly laws.
The journal quoted nameless people close to the matter and said the Federal Trade Commission was considering taking an affidavit from sugarberg and sheryl sandberg, chief operating, as part of a year-long investigation into whether the leading social network had abused its dominance in the market Facebook officer.
The FTC declined to discuss the report.
"We look forward to sharing our views of the competitive landscape with other technology leaders during this month's Congress hearing, while demonstrating to enforcement agencies that our innovation offers consumers more choices," said a Facebook spokesman in response to an AFP Inquiry.
Leaders from Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are said to testify during an antitrust investigation into the U.S. Justice Committee on July 27.
The hearing takes place against the backdrop of growing complaints about technology platforms that have dominated key economic sectors, and calls on some activists and politicians to break the Silicon Valley giants.
Managing Directors Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Tim Cook (Apple), Sundar Pichai (Google) and Zuckerberg can appear virtual if they so wish, according to a joint statement by Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the Justice Committee, and David Cicilline, chairman of the Cartel Subcommittee.
"Since last June, the subcommittee has been investigating the dominance of a small number of digital platforms and the adequacy of existing antitrust laws and their enforcement," said Nadler and Cicilline.
"Given the central role these companies play in the lives of the American people, it is critical that their CEOs are ready."
Google and Facebook, which account for the majority of the world's digital advertising revenue, offer free services that play a dominant role in their industries – for example, the Google search engine or the YouTube subsidiary, the video sharing platform.
Through the interaction of users with these products, companies can collect data profiles and sell targeted advertising space on a large scale.
At Apple and Amazon, it's their sales platforms – the app store for iPhones and iPads or Amazon's e-commerce website – that are targeted by regulators, as the two companies are both hosts and retailers.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it was reviewing potential anti-competitive measures on major technology platforms, and attorneys general from most US states have launched antitrust investigations into Google and Facebook.
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