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States target Google in new antitrust probe

States target Google in new antitrust probe Photo: Ben Nuttall / CC BY-SA 2.0 / MGN

Updated: September 09, 2019 01:13 PM

A large group of states led by Texas is announcing an investigation of Google's market power and whether it unfairly squelches competition and hurts consumers.

The announcement comes just days after a separate group of states disclosed an investigation into Facebook's market dominance.

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The probe by the bipartisan group of attorneys general from nearly every state widens the antitrust scrutiny of big tech companies beyond sweeping federal and congressional investigations and enforcement action by European regulators.

NY attorney general announces Facebook antitrust probe

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is making the announcement at a news conference in Washington.

Google's parent company, Alphabet, has a market value of more than $820 billion and controls so many facets of the internet that it's fairly impossible to surf the web for long without running into at least one of its services.

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