Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., And Mike Lee, R-Utah, will be present during a Senate Justice Committee hearing in the Dirksen Building entitled “5G: National Security Concerns, Intellectual Property Issues, and the Impact on Competition and innovation “. on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.
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The top two senators of the Senate’s Antitrust Subcommittee sent a letter to Google on Tuesday asking about an alleged phone call to the Tinder-Maker Match Group before their top attorney was supposed to testify on the treatment on the Google Play app store .
Match chief legal officer Jared Sine told senators during the hearing last week that Google Match employees called after Sine’s opening testimony was released. Sine said they asked why his testimony was different from Match’s comments on his latest earnings call, where executives said they believed they had productive conversations about Google’s 30% fee for in-app payments through the App Store.
In the testimony, Sine complained that Google “made false open platform deceptions”.
When asked about the call at the hearing, Wilson White, Google’s senior director of public policy and government relations, said it appeared that Google’s business development team had asked an “honest question”. He added that he doesn’t see the question as a threat and that Google relies on app developers to use the App Store to be successful.
In the letter addressed to White, subcommittee chairs Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., And senior member Mike Lee, R-Utah, asked for details of the alleged call, including the names of the callers and what they said.
“We are deeply concerned about the Match Group’s allegations that Google may have tried to influence another witness’s testimony,” they wrote. “Any efforts to get revenge against those who speak up on public policy issues or possible violations of law are unacceptable, especially by dominant companies with the power to destroy a whistleblower’s business.”
As they plan further competitive hearings, the Senators wrote: “Witness intimidation in any form will not be tolerated.”
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