The ministry of justice, at the opening of the Facebook anti-trust investigation, the source

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

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice department will open an antitrust investigation of Facebook, Inc, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

It will be in the spirit of the fourth, a recent study by the social media company also faces probes by the Federal Trade Commission, a working group of state attorneys general led by New York and the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.

Reuters and others have reported, in June, the organisations have been divided, the companies that are being investigated, with the Justice for Alphabet Inc., Google, and Apple, Inc., as the FTC had looked at it on Facebook, and Inc.

The Ministry of Justice later said it was opening a probe of the online platforms, without having to say what they might be. This has led some industry observers to question whether the two federal studies would be needed.

Lawmakers, especially Sen. Mike Lee, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel, criticized the appearance of a trap, in a public hearing last week.

The agencies have, in general, the practice of the assembly in order to decide who will research which is of interest to you, but for the COMMISSION not to probe certain issues, for example, price-fixing.

Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Shri Navaratnam and Lincoln Feast

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