Two bipartisan groups of state attorneys general are launching separate antitrust investigations into Facebook and Google, adding to regulatory scrutiny of two of the world's largest and most ubiquitous tech companies. New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, confirmed the Facebook investigation in a news release Friday, saying the probe would focus on Facebook's "dominance in the industry and the potential anticompetitive conduct stemming from that dominance." "Even the largest social media platform in the world must follow the law and respect consumers," she said. "I am proud to be leading a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general in investigating whether Facebook has stifled competition and put users at risk." She said the probe would seek to determine if Facebook endangered consumer data, reduced the quality of consumer choices or increased the price of advertising.
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.
Two groups of U.S. state attorneys general on Friday announced separate antitrust probes of large tech companies such as Google and Facebook. The first probe, led by New York and including seven other states and the District of Columbia, focuses on Facebook. The second, announced by Texas and likely to include up to 40 other states, did not specify the targets among large tech companies but was expected to center on Google. Once lauded as engines of economic growth, the companies in social media, Internet search, e-commerce and other digital technologies have increasingly been on the defensive over lapses such as privacy breaches and their outsized market influence. Politicians including President Donald Trump, consumers, other firms and regulators have criticized that power.
Dozens of US states are set to launch antitrust and privacy investigations into Facebook and Google as scrutiny of the big tech firms increases in the US. The investigation into Alphabet's Google unit will examine the search giant's affect on the digital advertising market and its impact on consumers. In a separate but overlapping investigation the states' leading law enforcers will investigate Facebook's privacy record and its advertising model. The news, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, was confirmed on Friday morning by the New York attorney general, Letitia James. "Even the largest social media platform in the world must follow the law and respect consumers," said James in a statement.
Attorneys general from eight states and the District of Columbia have launched a probe into Facebook and its market dominance. Attorneys general from eight states and the District of Columbia have launched a probe into Facebook and its market dominance. Attorneys general from eight states and the District of Columbia have launched a formal investigation into Facebook over anti-competitive practices, the New York Attorney General's office confirmed Friday morning. The probe will look into whether Facebook "endangered consumer data, reduced the quality of consumers' choices, or increased the price of advertising," said New York Attorney General Letitia James in a statement. The antitrust investigation is part of a larger review that's being coordinated with attorneys general in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and the District of Columbia.