Fifty state attorneys general have banded together to launch an investigation into Google to audit whether the Silicon Valley tech giant has stifled competitors in a way that’s harmful to users.
The probe — which was announced on Monday from the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington DC — is being led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
“This is a company [Google] that dominates all aspects of advertising on the internet and searching on the internet, as they dominate the buyer side, the seller side, the auction side, and even the video side with YouTube.” Paxton said on Monday. “This investigation is not a lawsuit. It is an investigation to determine the facts. Right now we’re looking at advertising, but the facts will lead where the facts will lead.”
Mondays’ announcement from the attorneys general comes on the heels of Friday’s news that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has begun an investigation of its own into Google over its potentially anti-competitive practices. Google said in an SEC filing released late last week that the DOJ has requested information regarding its previous antitrust probes in the US and abroad.
On Friday, the Wall Street Journal …read more
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