A highly anticipated antitrust hearing featuring the CEOs of Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google will reportedly be postponed

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A highly anticipated antitrust hearing featuring the CEOs of Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google will reportedly be postponed
Google CEO Sundar Pichai.Reuters/Jim Young
  • Monday's highly anticipated tech antitrust hearing is likely going to be postponed, Politico reports.
  • Unnamed sources told Politico it's "highly likely" the hearing will be pushed back as Rep. John Lewis lies in state at the Capitol.
  • Lawmakers had planned to examine the business practices of Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google, with the CEOs of all four companies testifying together for the first time.

Monday's congressional antitrust hearing with four major tech CEOs is likely to be postponed, Politico's Cristiano Lima reported Thursday, citing unnamed sources.

The highly anticipated hearing, scheduled for noon on Monday, planned to examine the business practices of Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google, with lawmakers probing whether those companies used their market power to crush smaller rivals.

CEOs Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sundar Pichai were all scheduled to testify together for the first time, and it would also be Bezos' first appearance before Congress — Cook and Pichai have each testified once in the past, and Zuckerberg has testified twice before.

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Prior to news of a possible delay, Reuters reported that all four CEOs planned to appear virtually rather than in person due to the coronavirus.

But sources told Politico that it is "highly likely" the hearing will be delayed as Rep. John Lewis lies in state at the Capitol next week.

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Lewis, a civil rights leader and representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district, died last week at the age of 80 after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Thursday that Lewis would lie in state on the front steps of the Capitol and that a public viewing would take place Monday night and all day Tuesday.

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