Tech titans deal with video problems in congressional statement

Screenshot of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifying before Congress via Webex.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as he appeared by videoconference prior to a congressional subcommittee Wednesday. A low frame rate made him look choppy.


It was Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ huge minute, however he looked like a small box on a big TELEVISION screen prior to the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law in the United States House of Representatives on Wednesday. As Bezos started his opening remarks, his image was broadened to use up the entire TELEVISION screen, however it appeared that the Cisco Webex videoconferencing service just revealed a blank screen. So he was returned into a gallery of more than a lots little boxes as he continued to speak.

The screen goes blank as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos starts his opening remarks prior to a Congressional subcommittee Wednesday.


The statement came as part of a hearing concentrated on issues about tech giants and antitrust law. The hearing advanced with statement from extra tech CEOs by means of videoconference. Some legislators likewise got involved by videoconference, and others beinged in the hearing space and were needed to use masks when not speaking due to issues about the coronavirus pandemic.

Bezos wasn’t the only one hit with technical problems. When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke, his image was clear — however choppy. As he informed legislators about Facebook’s position in the marketing and video markets, the low frame rate made him appear like he remained in a stop-motion movie. The concerns continued as he responded to concerns.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai affirmed without problem.

Jeff Bezos gets a fast bite.


Technical issues didn’t trigger all the video bloopers Wednesday. As his peers responded to concerns, Bezos snuck a bite of food while his image was still streaming. The hearing took a recess while the technical concerns triggering Bezos not to be noticeable on the complete screen were dealt with. The Amazon CEO spoke more after the recess, having waited almost 2 hours after his opening remarks prior to getting any direct concerns from legislators.

It’s still uncertain what triggered Bezos’ video stream to show improperly prior to it was repaired. An individual acquainted with the matter stated the issue was not on Amazon’s side, and included that the system worked for Amazon when the business practiced numerous times leading up to the hearing.

As Bezos later on tried to respond to a concern about Chinese business and copyright, his microphone was switched off, and legislators were briefly not able to hear him.

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“Mr. Bezos,” said Rep. David Cicilline, a Republican from Rhode Island who chaired the hearing, “I believe you’re on mute.”

Alfred Ng and Ben Fox Rubin contributed to this report.

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