WASHINGTON (Reuters) – the U.S. attorney general to investigate Facebook Inc. (FB.(O) for alleged anti-competitive practices, met on Monday with officials from the Ministry of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission and New York Attorney General, Letitia James, said in a statement.
A FILE PHOTO of Stickers bearing the Facebook logo is pictured at the Facebook Inc. F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, united states, April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo
The group also met with U.S. Attorney General William Barr, for a discussion of the Facebook probe, as well as with the Deputy Attorney General, Jeffrey Rosen, and Makan Delrahim, who is the head of the department’s Antitrust Division, two of the sources said.
“Today, we had a two conversations with advocates from all over the country, and the most important officials in both the united states Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission about our work on Facebook,” said James.
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson was in attendance and gave a similar statement.
Florida’s Attorney General, Ashley Moody, which is one of the leading states in the probe, the North Carolina Attorney General, Josh Stein, and the Iowa Attorney General, Tom Miller, was in attendance at the meetings, the office said.
James Peterson is repeated to make sure that Facebook and other big tech companies to engage in anti-competitive practices, and disclose consumer data to identify potential violations, and to push up its advertising rates.
The meeting came after Reuters and other outlets reported on Sunday. 25 that the Justice Department would open an antitrust investigation of Facebook, which also faces probes by the Federal Trade Commission, and the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.
The attorney general’s probe of Facebook, which was announced in September, will be led by New York, and it includes Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, and the District of Columbia.
After a meeting with top Department of Justice officials, the attorney-general, together with the department’s staff, a source said.
Axios, the plan for the meeting earlier.
Facebook, who is the owner of a one-time rivals, Instagram, and WhatsApp, and it has about 2.4 million monthly active users, agreed in July to pay $5 billion in FTC settlement for a variety of privacy violations.
Reuters and others reported that in June, the Department of Justice and the FTC split on responsibility for the companies that are being investigated by the Department of Justice to take the Alphabet, Inc. ‘ s Google’s (GOOGL.O) and Apple Inc (AAPL.D) when the COMMISSION looked at, on Facebook, and Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN.D). The Ministry of Justice later said it was opening a probe of the online platforms, including Facebook.
Report by David Shepardson and Diane Bartz; Editing by Nick Zieminski and Dan Grebler