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Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google CEOs get grilled by House members in historic antitrust hearing

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Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google CEOs get grilled by House members in historic antitrust hearing

After three hours of questions, expert calls hearing ‘a mix of antitrust ambush and political grandstanding’

It has been a bruising day for tech’s biggest names on Capitol Hill, but they didn’t break.

The CEOs of Google parent Alphabet Inc. GOOGL, +1.32% , GOOG, +1.44% , Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, +1.10% , Apple Inc. AAPL, +1.91% , and Facebook Inc. FB, +1.37% endured more than five hours of grueling questions about competition Wednesday from House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee members in a series of sharp exchanges.

“Our documents from Facebook show it considered Instagram a ‘competitive threat’ that could meaningfully hurt Facebook, so Facebook bought it,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said in a particularly contentious exchange with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “This should not have been allowed to happen.” […]

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