Nearly every state is now investigating Google over antitrust issues

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And in an interview with FOX Business, Nina Jankowicz, a global fellow at the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute, said, "Just as we have regulations on airlines and cars, we should be regulating social media and technology companies", explain that big tech has "become ubiquitous in our lives and have the potential to cause enormous harm". In August, Trump said on Twitter that his administration is "watching Google very closely".

On the federal level, the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission are probing Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon, also for potential violations of antitrust law.

The investigation was announced at a press conference on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., according to the Washington Post. The focus of the probe, according to multiple news outlets, will be Google.

Officials with Facebook and Google said they were cooperating with the investigations.

A nationwide group of states opened an investigation into whether Google's advertising practices violate antitrust laws, targeting the heart of the search giant's business.

It said it was cooperating with federal regulators and with the expected probe from the states.

Google referred questions about the latest probe to a statement it published last week, which emphasised the firm's track record of innovation.

In a September 9 statement, New York Attorney General Letitia James said Google's widening control could be a danger to consumers' rights. Alabama is the only other state not participating in the probe, announced Monday.

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Basecamp has been frustrated by competitors advertising in prominent positions when people search for Basecamp on Google, using misdirection.

United States judicial authorities are stepping up their antitrust scrutiny of information-technology giants. Google, for its part, reiterates that it will be fully cooperating with regulators during the coming months.

"Pennsylvanians deserve access to an internet where they can watch, read, and share freely", said Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

"The states definitely seem more serious, and it seems quite significant that this new coalition is bipartisan".

"They dominate the buyer side, the seller side, the auction side, and the video side with YouTube", the Texas attorney general charged. Google is appealing the fine. Epstein said he has spoken to various attorneys general about these issues, but he wasn't sure if they had the authority.

Another visibly huge piece of Google's business is its search platform, often the starting point for millions of people when they go online.

Epstein said that even if Democrats swept the 2020 election-which he believed would end the federal investigations-the attorneys general probe would nearly certainly persist.

The DGiT Daily delivers a daily email that keeps you ahead of the curve for all tech news, opinions, and links to what's going down in the planet's most important field. "Google will be in control of most of those searches", he alleged. From 2010 through 2016, Becerra's campaign received $23,000 from Google's corporate political action committee, Google Inc. Notable for its absence: California, Google's home state.