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Technology Facebook now faces 47 attorneys general in antitrust probe

20:25  22 october  2019
20:25  22 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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.

New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday said 47 attorneys general are now part of an investigation into Facebook on antitrust matters. The investigation, which was announced in September, will focus on Facebook's dominance and potential anticompetitive conduct stemming that position.

a close up of a sign: An antitrust investigation into Facebook has recruited new support. Angela Lang/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. An antitrust investigation into Facebook has recruited new support. Angela Lang/CNET

"Our investigation now has the support of 47 attorneys general from around the nation, who are all concerned that Facebook may have put consumer data at risk, reduced the quality of consumers' choices, and increased the price of advertising," James said in a press release. "We will use every investigative tool at our disposal to determine whether Facebook's actions stifled competition and put users at risk."

States Expected to Announce Antitrust Probe of Google Next Week

States Expected to Announce Antitrust Probe of Google Next Week More than half of state attorneys general are planning to open an antitrust investigation of Alphabet Inc.’s Google next week, according to two people familiar with the matter. Multiple states are planning to announce the coordinated probe on Sept. 9, said three people, who asked not to be identified discussing sensitive deliberations. The plans could change. U.S. antitrust enforcers have already taken preliminary steps toward a probe of the search giant, which is also a major player in online ads and mobile operating systems. It has faced antitrust investigations in Europe as well.

The investigation launched last month with support from attorneys general from eight states -- New York, Florida, Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee -- and Washington DC.

They're now joined by attorneys general from Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and the territory of Guam.

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Facebook getting an oversight board

As the world's largest social network, Facebook has become a central force in many people's lives online. It also owns photo app Instagram, messaging service WhatsApp and virtual reality company Oculus. Critics argue that the social network has been simply buying up its competition, and some, like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic contender for president, have suggested that it (and other big tech companies) should be broken up.

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

a black sign with white text: An antitrust investigation into Facebook has recruited new support. © CNET

An antitrust investigation into Facebook has recruited new support.

And Facebook doesn't just face an antitrust investigation from these states. In June, the House antitrust subcommittee said it was launching an investigation of Facebook, Google and other tech companies. The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice are also both reportedly investigating Facebook over antitrust concerns.

Facebook didn't immediately respond to request for comment. In September, the company said it would work "constructively" with the attorneys general and engage with policy makers in a discussion about the competitive environment.

DOJ: State AGs could make good partners in big tech antitrust probes .
Facebook and Google are taking heat from the federal government as well as the states.But while those probes may all be separate, investigators from both levels of government may make helpful allies.

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