And was put on the CEO of Adventuress (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (American Plan) And Google (GOOGL) More than four hours in Wednesday’s five-and-a-half-hour congressional anti-public hearing by Rep. Greg Stubey.
Answers were somewhat different.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “I am not aware of specific cases where we have been stolen from the government.” “I don’t know a case [of] “Where it happened … I can only speak from first knowledge,” he said.
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, initially took the lead.
“I have no prior knowledge of any information stolen from Google in this regard,” he said. (Pichai later issued a correction, admitting to a China-related cyber attack on Google in 2009, in which the company said some of its intellectual property had been stolen.)
Jeff Bezos of Amazon, the world’s richest man, said he had “heard many reports of that,” though he said “I haven’t seen it in person.”
Mark Zuckerberg was far more uneven.
“I think it is well documented that the Chinese government has stolen the technology from American companies,” said the CEO of Facebook.
Steven’s question holds great importance in the United States. The issue of intellectual property theft is the main focus of the geopolitical dispute between the United States and China, and the defense of IP has been one of Washington’s major demands throughout the trade war.
The United States has long said that intellectual property theft has cost the American economy billions of dollars in revenue and thousands of jobs. Meanwhile, Chinese officials have repeatedly dismissed accusations that foreign companies are mistreated, arguing the handing over of any technical secret was part of the deals that were mutually agreed upon.
Meanwhile, Zuckerberg’s remarks marked a notable change for one of America’s leading tech executives. In previous years, the CEO of Facebook has made a lot of claims to the Chinese government, which drew widespread criticism at the time.
The presentation of Facebook as the US champion against China’s tech industry on Wednesday was an important part of Zuckerberg’s testimony.
The CEO of Facebook said, “If you look at where the top technology companies come from, the vast majority were Americans a decade ago.” “Today, about half are Chinese.”
The Trump administration has already largely blocked Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from working with US suppliers, and says it is “looking” at “banning the increasingly popular short form video app TikTok”. Zuckerberg on Wednesday labeled the app, which is owned by Chinese tech firm ByteDance, one of Facebook’s main competitors.
But while Stubbe “can” safely “protect American companies” aggressively and by government intervention “in places like China and Europe, neither Zuckerberg nor any of his peers Followed his initial question by asking him to recommend for an answer.
Steub waited for about 15 seconds of awkward silence before beginning the rest of his time.