And it was handed over to the CEO Amazon (AMZN). Apple (AAPL). Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOGL) Greg Steube, more than four hours to Wednesday five and a half hours of congressional antitrust proceedings.
The answers were a little different.
“I don’t know of specific cases where the government stole us,” said Tim Cook CEO Tim Cook. “I do not know of any cases [of] ours, where it happened … I can only speak first hand, “he added.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai initially followed his lead.
“In this context, I have no first-hand information about the stolen Google,”
; he said. (Pichai later issued a corrigendum in which he acknowledged Google’s cyber attack on Google in 2009, stating that some of its intellectual property had been stolen.)
Amazonian Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, said he “heard a lot of news about it,” adding that “I haven’t seen it in person.”
Mark Zuckerberg was much clearer.
“I think it’s well documented that the Chinese government is stealing technology from American companies,” the CEO of Facebook said.
Steube’s question is of great importance in the United States. The issue of intellectual property theft is at the heart of the geopolitical dispute between the United States and China, and intellectual property protection has been one of Washington’s main demands throughout the trade war.
The United States has long said that stealing intellectual property has cost the US economy billions of dollars in revenue and thousands of jobs. Chinese officials, meanwhile, have repeatedly denied allegations that foreign companies are being treated unfairly, arguing that any technical secrets disclosed were part of mutually agreed agreements.
Zuckerberg’s remark, meanwhile, marked a significant shift in tone for one of America’s leading technology leaders. In previous years, the CEO of Facebook made many foreplay before the Chinese government, which at the time provoked widespread criticism.
On Wednesday, the introduction of Facebook as an American champion against the Chinese technology industry was a key part of Zuckerberg’s testimony.
“If you look at where high-tech companies come from, the vast majority of Americans were ten years ago,” the CEO of Facebook said. “Today, almost half are Chinese.”
The Trump report has largely blocked Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei in collaboration with US suppliers, claiming that it is “looking” to ban the very popular short form of the TikTok video program. Zuckerberg on Wednesday named the application, which is owned by the Chinese technology company ByteDance, one of Facebook’s main competitors.
However, following Steube’s original question, he asked for recommendations on how Congress could “better protect” American companies from “aggression and government intervention” in places like China and Europe – neither Zuckerberg nor any of his peers had an answer.
Steube waited about 15 seconds of awkward silence, then rested.