Congress has asked Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet for a look at emails and other communications between their executives as it continues its antitrust investigation into the tech firms.
Congress is asking Apple for access to CEO Tim Cook and other executives’ emails and more, relating to Apple’s removing of third-party Screen Time apps from its App Store, its App Store algorithm, and other moves.
The Wall Street Journal reports the House Judiciary Committee requested that Apple and the other major tech companies involved in its antitrust investigation submit “documents including executive communications and financial statements as well as information about competitors, market share, mergers and key business decisions” by October 14th.
The official request asks for executives’ emails regarding the “App Store, including search results, and its decisions regarding the apps it provides to consumers by default.”
Apple has come under fire in the past year over alleged anti-competitive moves such as how its App Store algorithm works, pulling of third-party Screen Time apps, how it splits App Store revenue with developers, and more.
In addition to the U.S, government’s antitrust investigation, Apple is facing in a number of other lawsuits by customers, developers, South Korea, Europe, Russia, the FTC, and eight U.S. states.