Fox News Flash top headlines for September 3 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com More than half of America's state attorneys general are set to announce a new probe into Google over possible antitrust violations in a huge escalation against Big Tech. According to The Washington Post, the investigation is expected to be announced Sept. 9 at a press conference in Washington, but it's not clear whether some of the officials will also open or announce plans for probes into other tech companies, like Amazon and Facebook. It's been a difficult year for the Silicon Valley mainstays, which have come under increasing scrutiny for their practices around data collection, content policing and their amassing of political and economic power.
A coalition of 50 state attorneys general have launched a new antitrust investigation into Google, reports The Washington Post. According to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the leader of the initiative, the investigation will initially focus on the company's advertising business but is likely to expand to encompass other aspects of how the company conducts itself. "The facts will lead where the fact lead," said Paxton on the steps of the Supreme Court. The number of states involved in the investigation is a surprise. Ahead of Monday's announcement, The Washinton Post, in a separate report, said approximately 25 attorneys general would be involved in the probe.
Attorneys general in a number of US states are opening antitrust investigations into Facebook, New York's attorney general, Letitia James, announced on Friday. A separate inquiry into Google is expected to be announced Monday. The new investigations mark yet another blow to the major tech players, which have faced increasing scrutiny from the government – most prominently an antitrust investigation by the Department of Justice. The investigations could open up big tech firms to legal actions,, as Microsoft faced 20 years ago. It could even result in breaking up companies, as a number of presidential candidates have called for in recent months.
More than half of state attorneys general are planning to open an antitrust investigation of Alphabet's Google as soon as 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 states are also expected to stage the announcement in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, one of the people said. U.S. antitrust enforcers are already investigating the search giant, which is also a major player in online ads and mobile operating systems. The Department of Justice is scrutinizing the latter two operations, Bloomberg has reported.
The announcement--released amid last week's congressional hearings into the practices of Facebook and Twitter--shed little light on who was raising the concerns or what remedies might be under consideration. But recent comments by several of the state attorneys general suggest they are actively exploring an antitrust investigation and hope to enlist Washington. "I think the companies are too big, and they need to be broken up," Republican Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said Thursday in a radio interview. Twenty years ago, Microsoft Corp. faced lengthy antitrust litigation brought by about 20 state attorneys general, along with the Justice Department. So far, the current generation of internet giants have largely avoided antitrust enforcement action in the U.S., even as the European Union has imposed multibillion-dollar fines on Google for alleged abuses involving its search function and Android mobile-phone system.