The House Judiciary Committee has asked four major tech CEOs for a wealth of documents as part of an antitrust probe.
On Friday, the committee sent letters directly to Tim Cook of Apple, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Larry Page of Google and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook. Lawmakers are looking for information about the companies' internal operations, including the personal communications of their top executives.
In a statement, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said: "The open Internet has delivered enormous benefits to Americans, including a surge of economic opportunity, massive investment, and new pathways for education online. But there is growing evidence that a handful of corporations have come to capture an outsized share of online commerce and communications."
The committee previously announced that this investigation, led by its antitrust subcommittee, would focus on "documenting competition problems in digital markets," determining whether big firms had exhibited "anti-competitive conduct," and evaluating whether existing antitrust policy and "enforcement levels" are adequately addressing those issues.
Rep. Doug Collins said the information the committee asked for will be "key" in helping determine whether enforcement action should be taken against these companies and whether lawmakers need to update antitrust policies.