Why tech giants’ CEOs appear at a historic hearing

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Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Sundar Pichai of Google, Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Tim Cook of Apple first appear together on Wednesday evening before an antitrust committee of the United States House of Representatives. Why were they called up for this hearing?

The hearing is about how dominant the companies are in the areas of online retail, smartphone software, social media and search. The House of Representatives committee has been collecting information about major technology companies for about a year. Since June, smaller companies have testified about the tech giants’ practices as witnesses.

Now the CEOs of the four companies appear at a hearing to answer questions from the committee. An important purpose of the hearing is to determine whether laws need to be changed to address competition concerns.

This is what the tech giants can get their picks on Wednesday night.

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