WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, before the Congress, all tech tycoons made the most-awaited appearance from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, defending his business dealings.
But when lawmakers roasted the heads of Google, Apple and Facebook about how patriotic they felt and whether they stole restaurant reviews from small websites, the world’s richest man was ignored for the first two hours.
Between the epidemic now visible via video link, Bezos can be seen Random snacking And appeared to drink a cup of coffee from his small screen on a zoom call.
Political pundits who witnessed the antitrust hearing complained that lawmakers had not asked a single question from the Amazon founder and that Rap Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash) was not in place for nearly two hours, triggering an investigation into the $ 180 billion man.
“Jeff Bezos, there are nothing, just made $ 300 million or so,” tweeted Farhad Manju The New York Times.
“Jeff Bezos will receive a prime delivery in the time it takes for delegates to ask questions.” Lauren Gode Of.
There was inevitable speculation about why members of Congress were focusing more on Google’s Sundar Pichai than Mark Zuckerberg or Bezos on Facebook, who now owns a $ 23 million DC mansion after purchasing the Washington Post in 2013.
NYU’s marketing professor said, “They all want to invite the best people in DC (less often), the wealthiest people in the world.” Scott Galloway.
“Either Bezos is taking a nap or Amazon does a great job lobbying further with its DC military,” Bloom’s Emily Chang.
But the 56-year-old tech tycoon finally hit the headlines when Jaipal began to pinch on whether Amazon used vendor data on its website to launch competitive products.
Bezos, Zuckerberg, Pichai, and Apple’s Tim Cook alleged that their companies had become too powerful and engaged in behavior designed to cripple their rivals.
At one point, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) also accused tech veterans of trying to silence conservative views, by closing a series of examples, including banning presidential tweets. is.