‘Existential threat’: U.S. senator urges criminal probe into Amazon

‘There are really two Americas right now. There is Big Tech and there is everyone else’

Sen. Josh Hawley wants a criminal antitrust investigation into Amazon after a recent report suggested the company’s employees are taking competitors’ data to develop similar products.

Amazon represents an “existential threat” to small American retailers, the Missouri Republican wrote in a letter Tuesday to Attorney General William Barr. Hawley is one of Silicon Valley’s most stringent critics over the past two years as he and others poke and prod federal authorities to turn their sights on Google and Amazon over antitrust issues.

“Abusing one’s position as a marketplace platform to create copycat products always is bad, but it is especially concerning now,” Hawley wrote.


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