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House lawmakers request Apple, Facebook emails in antitrust probe

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By Ryan Tracy


Bloomberg News
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is one of the executives House lawmakers are seeking communications from as they ramp up a probe into the technology industry.

Congress is ramping up its probe into the tech industry, with House lawmakers demanding emails and executive communications from four technology giants as they look for evidence of anticompetitive behavior.

House Judiciary Committee leaders from both parties asked Amazon.com Inc., /zigman2/quotes/210331248/composite AMZN -0.77%   Facebook Inc., /zigman2/quotes/205064656/composite FB -3.07%   Apple Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL +0.37%   and Alphabet Inc., /zigman2/quotes/205453964/composite GOOG +0.10%   /zigman2/quotes/202490156/composite GOOGL +0.10%  owner of Google, to provide by Oct. 14 reams of documents including executive communications and financial statements as well as information about competitors, market share, mergers and key business decisions.

The dozens of executives named in the requests include Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google’s early leaders Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt.

Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said the requests will aid a continuing investigation, citing “growing evidence that a handful of corporations have come to capture an outsized share of online commerce and communications.”

An expanded version of this story is available at WSJ.com .

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