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US: Small tech companies fear speaking out in big tech antitrust investigation, lawmakers say

 |  June 21, 2019

Smaller tech companies, which often rely on the likes of GoogleFacebookApple and Amazon for access to customers and the ability to reach them, are worried about helping in the government’s antitrust probe for fear of retaliation, according to the lawmakers who are spearheading the investigation.

Reuters is reporting that the head of the US House Judiciary subcommittee wants to question smaller tech companies, but it’s running into the fear obstacle when trying to do so. The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee started its probe into antitrust and competition practices earlier this month, while the executive branch is also investigating the tech giants.

Representative David Cicilline said on Thursday (June 20) that smaller companies are so dependent on those big four for help that it “makes them concerned about raising their voice, raising concerns about the monopoly power of these platforms.”

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