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TechnologyJustice Department Opens Antitrust Review of Big Tech Companies

01:15  24 july  2019
01:15  24 july  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

Justice Department announces broad antitrust review of Big Tech

Justice Department announces broad antitrust review of Big Tech It’s separate from the Google and Apple investigations that were announced earlier

The Justice Department is opening a broad antitrust review into whether dominant technology firms are unlawfully stifling competition, according to department officials. Attorney General William Barr has asked how some Big Tech companies took shape ‘under the nose of the antitrust enforcers.’

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is exploring whether to open a case against Google for potential antitrust violations, putting renewed scrutiny on the company amid a growing chorus of criticism about the power of Big Tech , three people with knowledge of the deliberations said Friday.

The Justice Department said on Tuesday that it would start an antitrust review into how powerful internet companies had accumulated market power and whether they had acted to reduce competition, in another threat to the growing power of America’s technology giants.

Justice Department Opens Antitrust Review of Big Tech Companies© Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times The agency said it would look into concerns about anticompetitive behavior by some of the technology industry’s biggest companies.

The Justice Department did not name specific companies in a news release announcing the review, but noted that it would look into concerns about search, social media and some retail services — presumably putting Google, Facebook and Amazon on notice.

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The Justice Department will oversee antitrust complaints about Apple while the Federal Trade Commission will take on Facebook. The question of whether tech companies violate antitrust laws has long been the subject of academic debates and industry griping.

The U.S. Department of Justice is set to open open a broad antitrust review of big tech companies , separate from probes that were reportedly already underway, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal published Tuesday. The DOJ is reportedly launching the review based on "new

This latest review comes on the heels of the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission splitting up potential antitrust investigations into the three companies and Apple.

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Google and Facebook declined to comment. Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Apple referred to comments made by Tim Cook, the company’s chief executive, in a recent television interview.

“I think we should be scrutinized,” Mr. Cook said. “But if you look at any kind of measure about ‘is Apple a monopoly or not,’ I don’t think anybody reasonable is going to come to the conclusion that Apple’s a monopoly.”

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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