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TechnologyState attorneys general will reportedly kick off antitrust investigation into tech giants

23:40  20 august  2019
23:40  20 august  2019 Source:   cnet.com

DOJ is working with states on antitrust investigations of tech companies

DOJ is working with states on antitrust investigations of tech companies The Justice Department's antitrust leader doesn't see big tech as inherently bad, but he's still content to investigate potential wrongdoing. Division chief Makan Delrahim told guests at a Colorado tech policy conference that the DOJ was working with state attorneys general on investigations of the market influence of tech companies. He added that he didn't think the laws had to change "at this time" to pursue any possible cases, arguing that current laws were "quite flexible" and allowed "timely and aggressive enforcement.

Another antitrust investigation will be kicked off against US tech giants, according to a report, this time coming from a group of state attorneys general. Citing sources, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday the probe could be launched in September and could look into whether companies like Google , Facebook and Amazon use their power to stifle competition in the market.

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Social media companies met with the Trump administration Friday to discuss ways to predict mass shootings.

It follows the Department of Justice last month announcing its own antitrust review of how online platforms achieved market power and whether they are using that power to reduce competition and stifle innovation. And that investigation followed the Federal Trade Commission in February forming a task force to monitor competition among tech platforms.

Google could soon face another antitrust investigation

Google could soon face another antitrust investigation Next week, more than half of the nation's attorneys general are expected to announce an antitrust investigation into Google, The Washington Post reports. Details on the investigation are limited, but it's yet another probe into fears that big tech has amassed too much power. Both Democrats and Republicans have expressed concerns that just a handful of companies control the internet and technology at large. Earlier this summer, a House antitrust subcommitteegrilled executives from Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

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What's going on at Google?

A dozen state attorneys general met with officials from the Department of Justice in July to discuss the investigation, the report said.

The Justice Department didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Google pointed to its antitrust testimony from last month before the House Committee on the Judiciary, when it said it has "helped reduce prices and expand choice for consumers and merchants." Facebook and Amazon declined to comment.

"The department's review will consider the widespread concerns that consumers, businesses, and entrepreneurs have expressed about search, social media, and some retail services online," the Justice Department said on July 23.

Google target of new U.S. antitrust probe by state attorneys general

Google target of new U.S. antitrust probe by state attorneys general Google target of new U.S. antitrust probe by state attorneys general

US tech giants have also faced recent antitrust scrutiny in Russia, the EU and Australia.

On Tuesday, DOJ antitrust chief Makan Delrahim confirmed that he's working with over a dozen state attorneys general on investigating major technology companies' market power. The DOJ didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Originally published Aug. 19, 3:18 p.m. PT.

Updates, 4:05 p.m.: Amazon and Facebook declined to comment; Aug. 20: Adds mention of DOJ antitrust chief's comment about an inquiry.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State attorneys general investigating whether Google is engaged in monopolistic behavior are planning to take a deep look into the tech giant's advertising business. The office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter to Google on Monday seeking internal documents about how it sells ads and tracks the behavior of people who use its search engine and other products. The letter was sent on the same day Paxton and other state prosecutors announced the multistate antitrust probe. The Texas-led investigation involves 48 states along with Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

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