Another investigation into big tech’s business practices has been launched, this time from the states.
50 attorneys general and 48 states announced a probe into Google on September 9 for practices that “may have led to anticompetitive behavior that harms consumers.” The leader of the bipartisan coalition, Texas AG Ken Paxton, said in his announcement, “We have seen evidence that Google’s business practices may have undermined consumer choice, stifled innovation, violated users’ privacy, and put Google in control of the flow and dissemination of online information.”
At the same time, nine attorneys general are investigating Facebook. Led by New York AG Letitia James, the probe will look at “Facebook’s dominance in the industry and the potential anticompetitive conduct stemming from that dominance.”
These investigations are completely separate from the FTC’s investigation into Facebook and the Department of Justice’s investigation into Google.
Google has been accused of many things, from privacy leaks to election manipulation. Leaks from Project Veritas state that Google plans on preventing President Trump from being re-elected in 2020.
In an interview with CNBC, Google CEO Sundar Pichai threatened that Google would willingly take its business elsewhere if regulated by the U.S. government. He said that other countries aspire to be like Silicon Valley, and “support their companies.” He also stated that “You can’t always take for granted that you will be successful.”
Facebook has also faced accusations of many more privacy scandals, while censoring conservatives on a regular basis in the interest of “safety.” An audit of conservative complaints over Facebook took all of conservatives’ concerns of censorship and dismissed them as “beliefs.”