Attorneys general for 50 USA states and territories on Monday officially announced an antitrust investigation of Google, embarking on a wide-ranging review of a tech giant that Democrats and Republicans said may threaten competition, consumers and the continued growth of the web.
A coalition led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton scheduled a news conference Monday where states were expected to launch the probe of Google, the Alphabet unit which dominates online search and advertising.
"We expect to receive in the future similar investigative demands from state attorney generals and continue to cooperate with the federal and state regulators both in the United States and other regulators around the world", Google said on Friday.
Oregon joins nearly every state in Google antitrust investigation
The attorneys general agreed, saying Google search results are skewed toward its own products and those of advertisers rather than the best information. In a blog post published by Google last week, the company confirmed that the Department of Justice has asked it to provide information about its business practices.
Over the past decade, Google has been one of the biggest political donors in Washington, but this time around, the political environment is much less favorable to Google.More news: Paul Pogba price set at £179m for Real Madrid
Speaking to reporters in front of the US Supreme Court Monday, a group of 13 attorneys general struck a bipartisan tone. But, Brnovich's office says none of the previous investigations fully addressed Google's serial and repeated business practices created to protect and maintain their industry dominance. Yost noted that about 85 percent of Google's $136.2 billion in revenue past year came from advertising.
Sanders also called for more stringent enforcement of antitrust laws against tech giants like Facebook and Google to prevent them from using their market power to defund news organizations. "So you may need to go to a second, third or fourth page to find the best products and services available to you", she said, questioning whether the consumer is always getting the most accurate information.
"California remains deeply concerned and committed to fighting anti-competitive behavior", a spokesman for the California Attorney General's Office said in a emailed statement.More news: Wendy's to add breakfast including Frosty cappuccinos, honey butter chicken biscuits
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), one of the Senate's foremost big tech critics, cheered the reported Google and Facebook antitrust investigations.
Google has had its fair share of antitrust probes over the years. A U.S. House subcommittee is also conducting a "top-to-bottom" review of how tech giants affect things like consumer privacy, local journalism and the ability of new startup companies to grow.More news: Farmers affected by mental health issues urged to seek help