Monday was set to be a historic day. Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai — the CEOs of Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google-owned Alphabet — were. However, the hearing is likely to be postponed, according to a source familiar with the matter.
A scheduling conflict is to blame. The late John Lewis, a Democratic representative and civil rights leader who died last week of pancreatic cancer, will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Monday, it was announced on Thursday.
The meeting of tech giants was scheduled to take place at noon. A new date for the hearing has not yet been confirmed, the source said. Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon did not respond to requests for comment. Axios earlier reported the news.
Months in the making, the antitrust hearing aims to have four of the most powerful CEOs in tech defend accusations of monopolistic behaviors. All four tech giants have faced scrutiny over the past year from lawmakers and regulators, who not too long ago looked at Silicon Valley in a far more positive light. Now officials are raising concerns about these companies’ growing dominance in the market, which could be squashing competition.
During a, smaller tech firms complained about unfair business practices from the tech giants. Sonos CEO Patrick Spence told lawmakers that Google tried to restrict his company’s innovations and wanted insights into Sonos’ future product plans. Sonos , claiming the company stole its wireless speaker technology. David Barnett, CEO of PopSockets, blasted Amazon for ignoring issues about counterfeit that he’d raised for months, bullying him to lower his prices.
“There’s such a dominant power that exists with these companies that really even as a company of our size you feel like you have no choice,” Spence said.
The process of getting all four CEOs in front of the committee was not without drama. Representative David Cicilline, who’s heading the House subcommittee, in May threatened toafter sending an calling for his testimony. Bezos agreed to appear in June.
CNET’s Richard Nieva contributed to this report.