Aaron Holmes of Business insider he says that three of the lawmakers tasked with conducting an antitrust investigation into the activities of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and google hold more than $ 100.000 in shares of these technology companies.
Of course, it is not the best way for dexport of research.
In his post, Holmes states that board member Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin owns more than $ 98.000 in shares in all four companies combined. California-based Zoe Lofgren owns $ 15.000 worth of shares in Facebook, Apple and Alphabet, though she recently sold some of them. Steve Chabot of Ohio has $ 50.000 in stock on Facebook.
It should be noted that researchers are not illegal if they own shares in the companies they are researching, but there could certainly be a conflict of interest.
Amazon's Jeff Bezos, the Tim Cook της Apple, ο mark zuckerberg of Facebook and Sundar Pichai of Alphabet will testify before the House Antitrust Committee on Monday, July 27. However, Axios reports that this could be delayed until August 3 to allow Washington to mourn former civil rights leader John Lewis, who died earlier this week.
The research aspires to find out whether these companies are using their enormous influence on markets για να καταπνίξουν τον ανταγωνισμό από μικρότερους αντιπάλους. Θα πραγματοποιηθεί υπό την εποπτεία του Ministryof Justice of the United States and the House Judiciary Committee.