Dozens of State AGs Announce Antitrust Probe of Google

Dozens of State AGs Announce Antitrust Probe of Google

"Right now we're looking at advertising, but the facts will lead where the facts lead", Paxton said Monday from outside the US Supreme Court, where he was joined by about a dozen other attorneys general. But, the AG's release continued, "none of these investigations have fully addressed the fundamental source of Google's sustained market power and the ability to engage in serial and repeated business practices created to artificially protect and maintain that power".

"When my daughter is sick and I search online for advice or doctors, I want the best advice from the best doctors not the ones - not the doctor and not the clinic - who can spend the most on advertising", Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said. Google disclosed on Friday that the department had issued civil investigative demands, which are akin to subpoenas, for all documents in prior antitrust probes.

Separately, a second group of state attorneys general, led by NY, is focusing on Facebook Inc, it was announced on Friday. "Google monitors our behaviors and captures data on all of us as we navigate the internet". As noted by The Washington Post, this could be worrying for Google as the investigation may later expand beyond just ads. Every state except Alabama and California, the home of Silicon Valley, so far has signed onto the bipartisan effort, as have Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

"There's nothing wrong with being a dominant player when it's done fairly", said Sean Reyes, the Republican attorney general of Utah. The Washington Post first reported the probe last week.

According to Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, the Internet is the superhighway of information.

Former prosecutor John Pavia on the antitrust probes into big tech. Google's dominance in online search and advertising enables it to target millions of consumers for their personal data.

Alphabet said September 6 that the Justice Department in late August requested information and documents related to prior antitrust probes of the company.

Google's parent company, Alphabet, has a market value of more than $820 billion and controls so many facets of the internet that it's nearly impossible to surf the web for long without running into at least one of its services.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt compared the online advertising market to buying a house, yet Google owned the house and the majority of houses in the country, and it represented both the buyer and seller in the deal.

Since the 2016 election, the nation's largest tech companies have been heavily criticized after it was learned that Russians manipulated Facebook to try to sow discord among Americans.

"But to protect the integrity of our work, we can't comment - to confirm or deny any pending or potential investigation", the spokesperson said. Elizabeth Warren specifically called out Amazon, Google and Facebook for consolidating power and stifling competition.

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