Senators pressure Apple to testify in upcoming App Store antitrust hearing
What you need to know
- Apple has declined to provide testimony in an upcoming United States antitrust hearing.
- Senators Amy Klobuchar and Mike Lee have drafted a letter to Tim Cook, asking the CEO to reconsider.
Apple has declined a request from the United States Senate Judiciary Committee to provide witness testimony at an upcoming antitrust hearing, drawing criticism from Senators.
In a letter to Tim Cook from Senator's Amy Klobuchar and Mike Lee, the two say that Apple's participation is required in order to evaluate the potential competition issues that Apple's control over the App Store creates.
According to the senators, Apple had been aware of the requested testimony for weeks and coordinated with government staff. However, two weeks before the hearing was set to occur, the company declined to provide any testimony. The letter points to other instances where the company has provided testimony, such as Tim Cook's recent interview with Kara Swisher.
The letter closes with the senators saying that "we strongly urge Apple to reconsider its position and to provide a witness to testify before the Subcommittee in a timely manner."
Apple is seeing increasing pressure over its App Store control as a potential antitrust issue. Tim Cook was recently ordered to provide seven hours of testimony as part of the Epic Games lawsuit.
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