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Amazon Comes Under Fire as Lawmakers Grill Tech on Competition

July 17, 2019, 12:32 AM

Amazon.com Inc. was challenged by a top House lawmaker over whether the online retail giant is harming competition as the biggest tech companies faced their harshest antitrust scrutiny in years on Capitol Hill.

Democratic Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island, who chairs the House antitrust panel, put Amazon on the hot seat at a hearing Tuesday, suggesting its business model suffers from conflicts of interest and that it can use its control over data to thwart competition from third-party sellers on its platform.

Rep. David Cicilline on July 16.
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

“You are selling your own products on a platform you control and they’re competing with products ...

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