FILE PHOTO: A Google sign is seen at the WAIC (World of Artificial Intelligence Conference held in Shanghai, China, on September 17, 2018. (REUTERS photo/Aly Song, File/Photo
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday, it will be in the detail of a multi-state antitrust probe of potentially anticompetitive practices in the major US technology companies, which are expected to focus on the Alphabet of Google’s (GOOGL.D).
Once hailed as the engines of economic growth, and social networking sites, such as search and e-commerce giants have sparked fury amid allegations of the misuse of greater power on the market and it matures, such as privacy violations. The President, Donald Trump, a progressive Democratic presidential candidate, Elizabeth Warren, the consumer and other companies have criticized that power.
Paxton’s office said on Friday that he is leading a study of the major tech companies, without naming them, and promised to have a formal launching of the probe by a press conference in Washington, D. C., on Monday afternoon.
That probe is likely to be more than 40 state attorneys general, is expected to focus on Google, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. A source previously told Reuters that the Google search would be the intersection of privacy and antitrust law.
The focus during the magic circus the press conference will be on learning the identity of the company or any of the companies to be investigated, any activity under review, and the other states participating in the study.
Google has been facing accusations that its web search service, which has been so prevalent that it is now a verb, it is the consumer of its own products at the expense of their competitors.
At the federal level, the federal Ministry of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook, Google, and Apple (AAPL.O) and Amazon (AMZN.D) for possible violations of the antitrust laws. In other states the state attorney general’s probe, released on Friday, focuses on Facebook.
Late Friday, Google said in a government filing that it had received a civil investigative demand, essentially a subpoena from the Department of Justice on Aug. 30.
“We expect to see in the future for similar investigations, the requirements of the attorney-general. We will continue to work in partnership with the Ministry of Justice, state, federal, and national regulatory authorities in the United States and / or other regulatory agencies around the world,” the company said in its request last Friday.
Reporting by Diane Bartz; Additional reporting by Katie Paul; Editing by Cynthia Osterman