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Rep. Cicilline Suggests Tech Evaded Truth in Hearing

Amazon, Google and Facebook aren’t off the hook following a House antitrust hearing last week.

Rep. David Cicilline, the Democrat from Rhode Island who chairs the subcommittee leading a wide-ranging probe into major tech companies, said the witnesses’ answers during the hearing weren’t good enough and wrote to the three companies Tuesday asking for more information.

The suggestion that Mr. Cicilline thinks tech witnesses could have lied under oath about their tactics puts major tech companies, already feeling the heat from the House investigation and other possible federal actions, under even more pressure. Their legal teams will certainly be scrambling to answer the questions from Mr. Cicilline, which are due July 26.

Mr. Cicilline said in a statement he didn’t know whether the perceived poor quality of the answers was due to a lack of preparation, evasion or sending the wrong witness to the hearing. He pressed Amazon on how much of the U.S. online retail market it controls, Alphabet about whether Google search results point users to Google-sponsored sites and Facebook on how often it changes its terms and conditions.

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