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Technology Facebook's rivals reportedly contacted by DOJ as part of antitrust probe

03:00  28 january  2020
03:00  28 january  2020 Source:   cnet.com

Facebook is facing an EU investigation over data collection

  Facebook is facing an EU investigation over data collection Google isn't the only tech giant facing an investigation from European Union antitrust regulators over data collection and monetization. The European Commission has Facebook in its sights too. The body told Reuters it started preliminary investigations into how both companies handle data. "These investigations concern the way data is gathered, processed, used and monetized including for advertising purposes," the EU's competition watchdog said.The body told Reuters it started preliminary investigations into how both companies handle data. "These investigations concern the way data is gathered, processed, used and monetized including for advertising purposes," the EU's competition watchdog said.

The FTC has also reached out to Facebook ' s competitors as part of its probe , including its rival Snap, The Wall Street Journal reported in September. Antitrust concerns are part of a long list of issues that have been plaguing Facebook . In July, the FTC hit Facebook with a record-setting billion fine

The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly examining Facebook ' s acquisitions as part of its antitrust investigation into the social-media giant. Yahoo Finance's 'The Final Round' team discuss.

The US Department of Justice has reportedly been setting up interviews with Facebook's rivals as part of an antitrust investigation into the world's largest social network, a sign that the agency is moving forward with its probe.

a close up of a sign: Facebook is facing several antitrust probes. Angela Lang/CNET© Provided by CNET Facebook is facing several antitrust probes. Angela Lang/CNET

The Information, citing an email from the DOJ, reported on Monday that the agency is reaching out to social media executives to learn about "the competitive landscape of the industry, along with their perspectives on and relationship to Facebook."

Reports about the DOJ's antitrust investigation into Facebook surfaced in September. The social network is already facing probes by the Federal Trade Commission, the House antitrust committee and a group of state attorneys general. While the FTC's investigation is reportedly focused on Facebook's acquisitions such as Instagram, the DOJ is looking into separate behavior, according to a report by Bloomberg.

The FTC has reportedly opened a probe into Amazon's cloud business

  The FTC has reportedly opened a probe into Amazon's cloud business The US Federal Trade Commission is expanding the scope of its Amazon probe to include its cloud business, according to Bloomberg. In addition to looking into the company's e-commerce business, investigators have reportedly started asking the software companies Amazon works with about Web Services' practices to figure out it's been harming competition or violating any antitrust laws. Amazon Web Services has been providing most of the company'sAmazon Web Services has been providing most of the company's operating income over the past four years. It didn't meet analyst expectations in the third quarter of 2019, and its growth seems to be slowing down a bit, but it still posted $9 billion in sales.

An antitrust probe into Facebook was announced on Friday by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who will lead the case. Attorneys general from seven states plus the District of Columbia are participating in the Facebook investigation. At the press conference Monday, D.C. Attorney General

It’ s unclear whether the DOJ has contacted Google. A spokesperson for the DOJ declined to comment. The Federal Trade Commission, which shares antitrust authority with the DOJ, previously conducted a broad investigation of Google, looking into its advertising practices and influence in the

a close up of a logo: Facebook is facing several antitrust probes. © Angela Lang/CNET

Facebook is facing several antitrust probes.

The FTC has also reached out to Facebook's competitors as part of its probe, including its rival Snap, The Wall Street Journal reported in September. Snap reportedly kept a dossier of documents that outlined Facebook's "aggressive tactics" to thwart competition and had been talking to the FTC about them.

Antitrust concerns are part of a long list of issues that have been plaguing Facebook. In July, the FTC hit Facebook with a record-setting $5 billion fine for its privacy mishaps.

Facebook, the DOJ, TikTok and Snap didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

FTC may block Facebook's integration plans for WhatsApp and Instagram .
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reportedly weighing an injunction against Facebook to stop it from integrating WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger into its own services, according to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. The news follows reports that the the FTC has been investigating Facebook as part of an antitrust investigation, on the grounds that it's policies are anticompetitive. The commission started itsThe commission started its investigation after Facebook announced that it would unify the technical underpinnings of WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook. That would allow its 2.7 billion users to send private, encrypted messages from one app that could be received on another.

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