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TechnologyGoogle could soon face another antitrust investigation

22:35  03 september  2019
22:35  03 september  2019 Source:   engadget.com

Google faces (yet another) antitrust complaint, this time over job search

Google faces (yet another) antitrust complaint, this time over job search Google is in hot water once again over antitrust issues. Reuters reports that 23 job search websites will send a letter to the European Commission asserting that the search giant abuses its market dominance to promote its own job search service. Google added jobs to its search queries in 2017, rolling out from the US to the UK in 2018. It has certain features which make it appealing to users -- not only is it very convenient, but it also lists salaries in its postings. The problem is that smaller job listing companies say that Google's practices are anticompetitive.

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.

Google could soon face another antitrust investigation

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. In May, we learned that the Justice Department was considering an antitrust investigation into Google, and as far back as 2013, Google agreed to a settlement following a FTC antitrust investigation. The European Union has slapped Google with its own fines and violations.

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

State attorneys general will reportedly kick off antitrust investigation into tech giants A group of states will add its voices to the DOJ and FTC reviews into big tech companies, a report says.

In a statement, Google spokesperson Jose Castaneda said:

"Google's services help people every day, create more choice for consumers, and support thousands of jobs and small businesses across the country. We continue to work constructively with regulators, including attorneys general, in answering questions about our business and the dynamic technology sector."

While Congress seems committed to reigning in big tech, it appears unsure of exactly how to do so. It's unclear why the attorneys general are investigating Google specifically, or if they'll investigate Amazon, Apple or Facebook, too. We'll have to wait for more details, expected on September 9th.

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States ask internet search rival for evidence in antitrust probe of Google .
Texas's attorney general has sent the privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo a demand for documents and records as part of a multi-state antitrust probe into anti-competitive behavior by Google. © Sharaf Maksumov/ShutterstockThe legal request — a copy of which was obtained by CNN — was sent to DuckDuckGo earlier this month. It asks DuckDuckGo to reproduce any information it has provided to the Justice Department in connection with the federal agency's own Google antitrust probe.

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