Google Under Antitrust Investigation By All 50 US States

US States rarely agree on anything. But they apparently agree on an antitrust investigation of Google. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s a higher number of states investigating Google versus the number investigating Facebook. Here’s the details from CNBC:

Fifty attorneys general are joining an investigation into Google over possible antitrust violations, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the initiative’s leader, announced Monday.

The news confirms reports last week about the bipartisan investigation into Google’s practices. The probe includes attorneys general from 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. California and Alabama are not involved in the probe, Paxton said at a press conference.

Other attorneys general at the media conference emphasized Google’s dominance in the ad market and use of consumer data.

“When there is no longer a free market or competition, this increases prices, even when something is marketed as free, and harms consumers,” said Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, a Republican. “Is something really free if we are increasingly giving over our privacy information? Is something really free if online ad prices go up based on one company’s control?”

This is a big problem for Google as an investigation that is this big involving this many states has to mean that it’s not if but when they find something to hang Google on. I guess  we’ll find out soon if that’s true or not.

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