EU lawmakers want Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google CEOs at Feb 1 hearing

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EU lawmakers have invited the chief executives of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Alphabet to a Feb 1 hearing in Brussels as they attempt to crack down on the powers of US tech giants.

The European Parliament will within the coming months present enter into proposals by the European Commission to drive the businesses to play pretty with rivals and to do extra to deal with on-line pretend information and dangerous content material or face hefty fines.

(*1*) mentioned an invite despatched to the businesses seen by Reuters.

“The event will contribute to preparing the members of the European Parliament for the upcoming discussions on potential new regulation for the digital sector. For all these reasons, we wish to clarify that this invitation is for the CEOs only.”

The invitation mentioned lawmakers had been prepared to alter the date to a different day in February or March, nonetheless, folks accustomed to the businesses doubted they’d take up the invitation.

Earlier on Friday it emerged that Alphabet Chief Executive Sundar Pichai will maintain a video-conference name with EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager on Jan. 25, in line with a European Commission schedule.

Vestager, who’s pushing for powerful new guidelines, will talk about digital and competitors points with Pichai, a Commission spokeswoman mentioned.

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