As the heads of four tech giants were grilled by US lawmakers over their market dominance and allegations of monopolistic practices, there were moments from the hearing that trended on social media.
The chief executives of the America’s largest tech companies — including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon Inc’s Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai of Alphabet Inc’s Google and Apple’s Tim Cook — gave virtual testimonies before the US House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel.
Here are some of the moments that trended on social media as the heads of companies fielded questions
Bezos takes a moment to snack
As Congress representatives questioned the heads of Google, Apple and Facebook, the Amazon chief was largely ignored for most of the 90-minute hearing. At on point he could be seen grabbing a quick bite.
Jeff Bezos hasn’t been asked a single question by Congress yet, so the world’s richest man is having a snack… pic.twitter.com/zMZ4iEuHyY
— Claire Reilly (@reillystyley) July 29, 2020
Eagle-eyed social media users were quick to spot the world’s richest man appearing to reach off-screen for a snack and drinking something out of a cup even as he waited. Here’s how people reacted:
Jeff Bezos, sitting there doing nothing, just made maybe 300 million dollars or so
— Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) July 29, 2020
Jeff Bezos will probably receive a Prime delivery in the time it takes for representatives to ask him a question
— Lauren Masks Are Goode (@LaurenGoode) July 29, 2020
They all secretly want a free Prime Account https://t.co/XxeWLYYfTc
— Gopal Ratnam (@g_ratnam) July 29, 2020
Does Bezos get a snack for every $10 million he earns https://t.co/gaY3K4fB0e
— Pavithra S. Mohan (@pavsmo) July 29, 2020
someone calculate how much money he made during this nom https://t.co/dTSR2jTYZL
— bryson (@Bryson_M) July 29, 2020
— lolu (@loluIRL) July 29, 2020
The real reason for the break: chai and cookies. https://t.co/u30bxxcZsC
— Gopal Sathe (@gopalsathe) July 29, 2020
Nobody going after Bezos. They all want invites to coolest parties in DC (low bar) hosted by wealthiest man in world in midst of mother of all mid-life crises.
I’d like to roll w/Jeff, and I don’t like him.
— Scott Galloway (@profgalloway) July 29, 2020
Bezos forget to unmute
But there were some questions for Bezos, and when he had to take the first question, he forgot to unmute his mic. People on Twitter instantly related with him.
“Mr Bezos you’re on mute”
What a time. pic.twitter.com/INxhGs9OLM
— Mark Di Stefano (@MarkDiStef) July 29, 2020
“Mr Bezos, you’re on mute” – finally something I have in common with a $100+ billionaire.
— Sriram Krishnan (@sriramkri) July 29, 2020
Bezos being accidentally on mute on a Zoom call is the most relatable he’s ever been. https://t.co/CjVMcxFwD5
— Stephen Fishbach (@stephenfishbach) July 30, 2020
Was waiting for the moment someone would accidentally be on mute. I did not expect it to be Bezos.
— Danielle Abril (@DanielleDigest) July 29, 2020
“Mr Bezos, you’re on mute.” At least we know this is a real video conference call 😂
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) July 29, 2020
Wow! Even Jeff Bezos forgets he’s on mute sometimes. pic.twitter.com/xE6rIddsJz
— Joma (@jomaoppa) July 29, 2020
“Mr Bezos, you’re on mute”
It happened, it finally happened
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) July 29, 2020
Best quote of the year 2020 goes to, “Mr. Bezos, I believe you’re on mute”
— Gaurav Guru (@GauravGurbaxani) July 30, 2020
Put your mask on
The hearing also descended into shouting at one point. One Congressman telling a colleague to “put your mask on!” caught the attention of Twitter users.
“Put your mask on!”
Shouting breaks out among members of the House subcommittee during tech hearing, after Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon suggests Rep. Jim Jordan is pushing “fringe conspiracy theories” https://t.co/83sKht0bRx pic.twitter.com/E6fEZKT6tO
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 29, 2020
And here’s how people reacted to the moment.
— Input (@inputmag) July 29, 2020
Rep. Scanlon: Back to antitrust instead of fringe conspiracy theories…
Rep. Jordan: We have the emails!
Rep. Cicilline: Put your mask on!
Rep. Jordan: Speaking of masks, why would the deputy secretary of the treasury unmask Michael Flynn’s identity?
This hearing is LIT.
— Spencer Brown (@itsSpencerBrown) July 29, 2020
Can’t wait for the Jeopardy Q in 2022:
This Congressional Hearing popularized “Put your mask on” as an insult.
— Carleen Pan (@carleenlikes) July 29, 2020
Every time Jim Jordan gets out of line during this congress hearing, someone just yells “PUT YOUR MASK ON!” 😂😂
— Jameson Draper (@jamdraper) July 29, 2020
I’ll have use this line strategically in a future meeting. https://t.co/UivkprtS3s
— xander (@skyrien) July 30, 2020
There were plenty of jokes about internet glitches as well and how many Congress representatives clearly still did not seem to understand how internet works.
— Vivek Das (@VivekDas) July 29, 2020
Mark Zuckerberg: “Should have used Facebook Messenger”
— Tyler Wince (@tylerwince) July 29, 2020
— Ashley StClair 🇺🇸 (@stclairashley) July 29, 2020
Big tech hearing.
60 year old congressman: “Mr Facebook, what is the internet?”
— Lewis Spears YouTooz July 31 (@LewSpears) July 29, 2020
— Jerry Dae🇰🇪🇺🇸 (@realJerryDae) July 29, 2020
#BigTechHearing just turned into congressional national helpdesk. “Why are people not getting my email?” 🤨😏🤣
— Jim Wilcox / MVP / The Granite State Hacker (@GraniteStHacker) July 29, 2020
Dems at today’s #BigTechHearing: Why are Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple engaging in anticompetitive behavior?
Republicans: Why do my emails keep getting marked as spam?
— Tax March🏳️🌈 (@taxmarch) July 29, 2020
Greg steube: “Why are my emails going to spam?!”
Pichai: “Bruhhh…..” pic.twitter.com/8dL1JREfrv
— Nessa S. (@Lucyscattered) July 29, 2020
#BigTechHearing You get to ask the CEO of Google questions and you are asking him to troubleshoot dads email spam folder? 😐
— Stella Rodriguez (@StellaRodriguez) July 29, 2020
The companies face legal and political offensives on multiple fronts, from Congress, the Trump administration, federal and state regulators and European watchdogs. The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission have been investigating the four companies’ practices.
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