Big Tech hearing live stream: How to watch Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google testify before Congress

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It’s the first time the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Alphabet have appeared before Congress together. Today is a historic day when it comes to Big Tech in America. The CEOs of four of America’s biggest tech giants—Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google owner Alphabet—will appear before Congress together for the first time ever. Another first: Today is the first time Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has ever appeared before Congress. Read Full Story

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Big Tech CEOs face Congress: Here’s how Facebook, Twitter, and Google say they’re fighting extremism

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The social media giants are under the spotlight again. Under the spotlight again, the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google are testifying in Congress today about how their social media behemoths are combating the types of extremist content that leads to misinformation campaigns, such as the theory that COVID-19 is a hoax or that the 2020 presidential election was rigged. Read Full Story

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Jack Dorsey takes leaf out of Zuckerberg’s book, says Twitter has no influence on elections

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Wednesday’s Big Tech Senate hearing has turned into a Congressional grilling. Wednesday’s Big Tech Senate hearing —which convened the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google to discuss Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act—quickly morphed into an opportunity for Congress to grill Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey on either their overzealous (if you ask Republicans) or underwhelming (per Democrats) content moderation on social media. Read Full Story

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‘We called it Amazon heroin’: Congress makes Jeff Bezos listen to stories from crushed businesses

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At a congressional hearing today, Jeff Bezos rejected claims that his company unfairly crushes competition: “That’s not how we operate the business.” It’s hard to say if anything productive will come out of today’s congressional hearing on big tech companies and their marketplace dominance, but if there is even a sliver of societal value in watching the world’s richest man squirm, then you can’t say it was all for nothing. Read Full Story

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Which Big Tech CEO hurt his brand most during the antitrust hearing? The definitive ranking

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This largely ceremonial wrist-slapping of the leaders of Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple was also an exercise in the ties between CEO and brand image. On Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos all testified before Congress, as lawmakers investigate if and how these companies stifle competition and harm consumers. Read Full Story

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Google’s former ad chief is challenging its search engine monopoly

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Current antitrust law has trouble measuring the competitive harm in free services from huge aggregators, says Neeva cofounder Sridhar Ramaswamy. The government is getting its antitrust game on this year after leaving it mostly dormant for the better part of two decades, and its sights are set squarely on Big Tech. Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota is leading Congress’s powerful Senate Judiciary antitrust committee. “We’ve got to look at everything when it comes to putting rules in for tech,” she says . Read Full Story

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The coronavirus just took down Facebook’s F8 event. Who’s next?

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The developer confab was to be the first major event of 2020’s developer-conference season—assuming there’s one at all this year. It turns out that Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress was not the only big tech event to fall victim to the coronavirus . Facebook has canceled the 2020 edition of its F8 developer conference , citing “the growing concerns around COVID-19.” The event—which was to take place on May 5 and 6 in San Jose, California—will be replaced with live-streamed content, local meetings, and other elements less susceptible to risks and fears associated with the coronavirus . Read Full Story

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