Lawmakers said the four companies had turned from "scrappy" startups into "the kinds of monopolies we last saw in the era of oil barons and railroad tycoons", but Otteson says the focus should instead be on whether consumers have an exit option. That would include new laws around acquisitions. In addition to the House investigation, antitrust investigations are also underway for Amazon, Apple, and Facebook at the Justice Department, the Federal Trade Commission, and with four dozen state attorneys general.
The committee launched the investigation into competition in digital markets April 2019, at the same time as the main competition regulators in the U.S., the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department, started their own probes into some of the large tech companies.
Judiciary chairman Jerrold Nadler and antitrust subcommittee chairman David Cicilline said in a joint statement that the tech firms "each possess significant market power over large swaths of our economy" and that all have "exploited their power of the marketplace in anti-competitive ways".
Along with its market dominance, Amazon has continued extensive acquisitions to shore up customer data, and in turn, increased its influence on online shoppers through data analytics. Although most of these companies have done extraordinarily well for themselves so far this year, many could also end up seeing major declines if serious antitrust, anti-big-tech legislation gets announced. Both market and sell their own products in such stores (as does Google in the Android app store) often at the cost to smaller operators. That's hard to argue against since 81% of all general desktop search queries in the US go through Google and 94% of mobile searches use Google, though Google has pointed out that searches on Amazon and many other shopping sites aren't counted in that tally. During the day-long hearing, the Democrats on the panel mostly asked the CEOs about what they called anticompetitive business practices, while the Republicans mainly asked questions about "political bias" on the part of the companies.
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Among other tech giants, Google has said in a blog post that its antitrust investigation into Facebook features outdated and inaccurate allegations from commercial rivals.
In its response, Amazon says it accounts for less than 1% of the $25 trillion global retail market and less than 4% of retail in the U.S. The e-tailer also points out that more than 80 U.S. retailers have annual revenues of more than $1 billion, including Walmart, whose revenues are more than double those of Amazon. It was also scrutinized for possibly favoring its own apps in search results and ranking its own apps higher.
Apple has not produced any evidence that the App Store is not the sole means of distributing apps on iOS devices and that it does not exert monopoly power over app distribution.Some app developers have accused Apple of introducing new products and then pushing out apps which compete with them. A year ago in the United States alone, the App Store facilitated $138 billion in commerce with over 85% of that amount accruing exclusively to third-party developers.
"We compete fairly in a fast-moving and highly competitive industry".