New York (The Verge) — Google could face far-reaching antitrust investigation as soon as next week theverge.com/2019/9/3/20847….
US regulatory authorities are preparing to announce a new antitrust probe into Google, according to a new report from The Washington Post. The investigation is said to involve more than half of the nation’s state attorneys general, with The Washington Post clarifying that it may not involve federal action.
The news follows comments late last month from the DOJ’s antitrust chief Makan Delrahim that suggested the agency would be working closely with state lawmakers and regulatory authorities on future antitrust probes. Regardless, the investigation would mark a further escalation in the US government’s attempts to rein in Big Tech, and it signals that authorities at both the federal and state effort are working concurrently on a number of investigations into Silicon Valley companies.
Back in July, the DOJ announced a broad antitrust review of the technology industry’s biggest companies, including Amazon, Facebook, and Google, although the DOJ has yet to announce a formal investigation into any one company. — Nick Statt/@verge