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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

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Another antitrust investigation will be kicked off against US tech giants , according to a report, this time coming from a group of state attorneys On Tuesday, DOJ antitrust chief Makan Delrahim confirmed that he's working with over a dozen state attorneys general on investigating major

The state attorneys general from four dozen states officially declared on Monday that they were beginning investigations into the market power That was the pattern in the landmark antitrust case against Microsoft, when 20 states joined the Justice Department in suing the software giant in 1998.

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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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.

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State attorneys general spanning across dozens of states will announce an antitrust investigation into Google and Facebook, and other technology companies at the U.S. Supreme Court at 2:00 p.m. ET Monday. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will reportedly lead the Google investigation

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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.

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A group of state attorneys general is preparing to move forward with a joint antitrust investigation of big technology companies. And that investigation followed the Federal Trade Commission in February forming a task force to monitor competition among tech platforms.

The state attorneys in more than a dozen states are preparing to begin an antitrust investigation of the tech giants , The Wall Street The bipartisan group of attorneys from as many as 20 states is expected to formally launch a probe as soon as next month to assess whether tech companies are

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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