The leaders of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google were questioned Tuesday by the US House of Representatives panel on alleged anti-competitive practices.
The Antitrust Subcommittee of the House of Representatives's Legal Affairs Committee, which has no power to impose sanctions on companies, is taking advantage of the hearing to express dissatisfaction with some of the practices of digital giants.
David Cicilin, Democratic Group Chairman, has called on an Amazon representative to respond to allegations that the site is using data he collects from independent suppliers on his platform to develop and sell certain products. thus entering into competition with the listed sellers.
Nate Sutton, one of Amazon's top legal advisors, said the data was used only to identify the products customers want to offer on the site. "Algorithms are optimized based on what customers want to buy regardless of the manufacturer," he said.
No questions have been asked about the investigations initiated by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the US competition authority, about Gafa's practices.
The digital giants were listened to on Tuesday by several congressional committees. The Senate Banking Committee is very critical of Facebook employees about their virtual money scales project. (Diane Bartz, Jean Terzian for French Service)