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U.S. state regulators to scrutinize Google in antitrust probe

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What you need to know

  • Approximately 30 attorney generals have signed on to an antitrust probe aimed at Google.
  • The investigation is expected to be announced on Monday.
  • It's still unknown whether other tech giants like Amazon or Facebook will also see antitrust scrutiny.

The Washington Post is reporting an antitrust investigation into Google's actions expected to be announced at a news conference on Monday in Washington. This is part of a coalition of states that are questioning whether tech giants are breaking antitrust laws.

Recently, the federal government, headed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), launched a national investigation into antitrust actions against Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. This new information is on a state level, allowing states to independently seek answers to their questions about whether tech companies should have the overarching influence regulators fear may be used to sway opinion.

Outside of the nation's capital, however, state officials also have started questioning the growing influence of big tech. Attorneys general in multiple states have threatened that competition probes could be on the horizon...

According to the Washington Post, states like Louisiana and Mississippi have already been grilling Google for how it surfaces search results, while Texas officials say that Google may be violating state laws if they're proven to have a bias at Google that results in censorship of conservative viewpoints.

Google spokesperson Jose Castaneda has responded publicly in a statement to questions about whether its algorithm search query offers up bias results.

Google's services help people every day, create more choice for consumers, and support thousands of jobs and small businesses across the country. We continue to work constructively with regulators, including attorneys general, in answering questions about our business and the dynamic technology sector.

There is no information at this time as to which of the "more than 30" state attorneys general are joining in this coalition or whether any other tech giants will be put under the microscope on Monday.

10 Comments
  • Google should just pull out of the US! Let's see how they do without Google services! Kappa
  • Google's already gotten a beat-down in Europe for monopoly practices. Europeans seem to be doing fine. Better than ever, actually.
  • Somebody doesn't understand Kappa lol. I was joking. It was a play on the fact that every time there was an article about antitrust in the EU, you'd get a bunch of crackpot jingoists screaming about how Google should abandon Europe.
  • About time. Twitter as well.
  • "According to the Washington Post, states like Louisiana and Mississippi have already been grilling Google for how it surfaces search results, while Texas officials say that Google may be violating state laws if they're proven to have a bias at Google that results in censorship of conservative viewpoints." It seems like this is more of a political move than anything else.
  • 100% it is. Just more right wing tactics to try to keep their base stupid.
  • Google's definitely used its position to influence opinion. When you conduct a search for an explicit title or phrase, including the author's name, and they bury the result on page 5; when they demonetize and harass popular conservative celebrities; when they delete entire accounts without cause; when they admit as much in internal communications....
    I hope they get slammed. For EVERYONE'S sake.
    They should just come clean and acknowledge their publisher status.
  • Trying to silence modern conservative views should be a law. For everyone's sake.
  • Just searched for "Adam Baldwin" and the first results were his Wikipedia, IMDb and Twitter... Which conservative celebrities are they burying?
  • I use Google all the freaking time, I mean who doesn't? But there is no doubt they are bias and it results in censorship of conservative viewpoint. Unless they want to become a publisher there should be no censorship of anything from any side.