McCarthy: Congress is more worried about Big Tech than a year ago
Congress is more worried about Big Tech now than it was a year ago, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told Axios on Thursday during a virtual event.
What he's saying: "Their power is only getting larger, and in the world of COVID, it's getting larger because they have more influence. But I don't think they're forthcoming on a lot, I have real concerns on what Google has been doing."
Why it matters: The CEOs of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple were grilled last month by a House panel probing possible antitrust litigation. The companies also face investigations by the Justice Department, state attorneys general and the Federal Trade Commission.
Details: "They're doing worse than they were before ... they now have Democrats and Republicans very concerned," McCarthy said.
- "I've warned them time and again, you're going to hit a point where people are going to say you're a monopoly," he said, referencing how much search traffic runs through Google.
- He argued that Google's hold over search traffic means the company "can control what people see and what people say."