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Google, Facebook to be hit with state antitrust probes

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Social media platforms are the public square. They must held accountable for the oppression of our first amendment rights. We have been banned, blacklisted and terminated for years –-I filed suit in 2016 — I hope this is more than window dressing.

Having been one of the early targets of social media censorship on Facebook, YouTube et al, I have for quite some time advocated for anti-trust action against these bullying behemoths. Read my article about this at The American Thinker. We are seeing an unprecedented erosion in our First Amendment rights, increasingly prohibiting the flow of ideas and free expression in the public square (social media). Run by left-wing self-possessed snowflakes, social media giants are indulging their worst autocratic impulses. And because they can, it is getting worse. “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Google, Facebook to be hit with state antitrust probes

By Daniella Genovese, FOX Business News, September 6, 2019:

Dozens of state attorneys general are set to formally launch separate antitrust probes starting next week into Facebook and Alphabet’s Google unit, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter.

The Google probe is expected to be announced Monday at a news conference outside the U.S. Supreme Court, according to the Journal.

The investigation, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with a bipartisan group of about three dozen state attorneys general, will examine Google’s impact on digital advertising markets, focusing on potentially harmful information provided to consumers and ad choices.

Meanwhile, New York Attorney General Letitia James, with an overlapping bipartisan group of attorneys general, is organizing a probe into Facebook, the “largest social media platform in the world must follow the law.”

“The attorneys general involved have concerns over the control of personal data by large tech companies and will hold them accountable for anticompetitive practices that endanger privacy and consumer data,” James told the Journal.

This comes at a time when tech giants are already under federal scrutiny.

“This news along with the broader Senate hearing looking into whether these Tech giants bought up smaller competitors to remain dominant in their respective markets represents an overhang to each stock,” according to a team of Wedbush analysts led by Dan Ives. However, the analysts further mention that investors should “focus on the fundamentals in the near-term as any resolution of these probes would likely take many years to complete.”

A spokesperson for Google told FOX Business: “Google’s services help people every day, create more choice for consumers, and support thousands of jobs and small businesses across the country. We continue to work constructively with regulators, including attorneys general, in answering questions about our business and the dynamic technology sector.”

Facebook’s Will Castleberry, a vice president of state and local policy, said the company welcomes a conversation with policymakers about the competitive environment in which it operates.

Castleberry released the following statement Friday ahead of the formal investigation into the tech giant.

“People have multiple choices for every one of the services we provide. We understand that if we stop innovating, people can easily leave our platform. This underscores the competition we face, not only in the US but around the globe. We will work constructively with state attorneys general and we welcome a conversation with policymakers about the competitive environment in which we operate.”

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