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Facebook’s Zuckerberg pledges cooperation with US antitrust probe: congressman

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Congressman David Cicilline, chair of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel, said on Friday that Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg pledged cooperation with the panel's probe into online markets during a meeting on Capitol Hill.

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg walks past members of the news media as he enters the office of U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) while meeting with lawmakers to discuss "future internet regulation on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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WASHINGTON: Congressman David Cicilline, chair of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel, said on Friday that Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg pledged cooperation with the panel's probe into online markets during a meeting on Capitol Hill.

The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee opened an investigation into competition in digital markets early in June, one of a series of investigations facing big tech companies like Amazon.com Inc, Apple Inc, Facebook and Alphabet Inc's Google.

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"Mr. Zuckerberg made a commitment to cooperate with the investigation and I look forward to his cooperation and I think well produce a good report at the end of the investigation," Democratic Representative Cicilline from Rhode Island said after the half-hour meeting with Zuckerberg that was also attended by Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler.

Representative Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, told reporters after an earlier meeting that they had also discussed the committee's bipartisan antitrust probe into big tech companies.

"I encouraged him to come to the table, help us out – and

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