Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tesitifes before a House panel in April 2018. Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The CEOs of Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google will now testify before the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee on Wednesday, a person familiar with the panel's plans told Axios.

The big picture: The antitrust hearing marks a watershed moment in Washington's scrutiny of Big Tech and will be the first time Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has testified in Congress. The hearing, originally set for Monday, was rescheduled to accommodate a planned memorial service for late Rep. John Lewis.

Details: The session is slated to take place at noon ET Wednesday, the person said.

  • Facebook was originally slated to report quarterly earnings that same day but announced Monday that it was rescheduling for Thursday, the same day Apple, Amazon and Google parent Alphabet will all issue their own earnings reports.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include new information on Facebook's earnings report plans.

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