WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Tech giants CEO Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, and Jeff Bezos digitally testified during the antitrust hearing in Congress on Wednesday.
- Except for the other three CEOs, Jeff Bezos of Amazon was largely ignored to the extent that he got a snack and drank coffee as he waited for the lawmakers to probe him.
- Some personalities made “pun-intended” comments online to express their sentiments and speculations over the different behavior of the lawmakers toward Bezos.
The CEOs of big tech giants Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google testified before the Congress’ antitrust hearing on Wednesday to answer questions pertaining to their companies’ business practices.
Tim Cook, Sundar Pichai, and Mark Zuckerberg went into a grilling interrogation with the lawmakers, except for Jeff Bezos, who was largely ignored for nearly two hours.
Bezos, who appeared in a video link via Zoom call, was seen having a snack and drink of what appeared to be a cup of coffee.
Experts who watched the hearing grumbled at legislators for not asking Bezos even a single question. After almost two hours, only then Washington Representative Pramila Jayapal started probing the Amazon founder.
“Jeff Bezos, sitting there doing nothing, just made maybe 300 million dollars or so,” The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo tweeted.
Lauren Goode of WIRED joked about the hearing through his tweet: “Jeff Bezos will probably receive a Prime delivery in the time it takes for representatives to ask him a question.”
Speculations have risen on why the lawmakers were highly involved in questioning the other three CEOs and seemed to be detached when Bezos got his turn.
“They all want invites to coolest parties in DC (low bar) hosted by [the] wealthiest man in [the] world in [the] midst of [the] mother of all mid-life crises,” NYU marketing professor Scott Galloway suggested.
“Either Bezos is taking a nap or Amazon did a really good job lobbying ahead of this with their DC army,” Bloomberg’s Emily Chang said.
When Jayapal began pressing him on whether Amazon used data from sellers to launch their own products, only then Bezos was placed in the hot seat.
During the hearing, Ohio Representative Jim Jordan expressed his accusations toward the social platform giants for attempting to suppress conservative views which include regulating President Donald Trump’s twitter account.
The four CEOs were summoned over accusations that their companies became extremely powerful and that they were using it against competitors.
Source: New York Post