FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, are seen in a combination photo from the Reuters files. – REUTERS/File Photo/File Photo
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Eight state attorneys-general met on Thursday with U.S. Attorney General William Barr, to discuss concerns about the large tech companies, according to a statement from the Texas attorney general’s office.
The statement did not identify the other participants, however, said that it was both republicans and democrats, debates and discussions centered on the “big tech companies are stifling competition on the internet.”
“It was a very productive meeting, and we are considering a range of potential enforcement actions against such companies,” the statement said.
The U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday that the opening of a comprehensive survey of the key digital technologies of the companies. Even though it did not identify them, the agency found in the reference Alphabet, Inc. (“GOOGL.(O) Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN.(O) and Facebook Inc (FB.(O), and possibly Apple Inc (AAPL.D).
One of the other member states at the meeting of the Mississippi river, is a great source to said individual. An officer from Louisiana, was also at the meeting, the Politico reported.
In June, Reuters reported, and the Home administration was gearing up to investigate whether Amazon, Apple, Facebook and the Alphabet of Google’s abuse of their tremendous power in the marketplace, setting up what could be an unprecedented, broad probe of some of the largest companies in the world.
The big tech companies have been the darlings of Washington, to have a few close friends.
In addition to the pressure from the Republicans in the administration, and Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic nominee for president, has said that Amazon, Facebook and Google should be forced to sell, and the companies that they have purchased. Other liberals agree with her.
At a recent congressional hearing, an Amazon executive, was asked about the allegations, which it needs to compete against its own vendors, with Apple being asked about its effectiveness in the market place for apps and in-app purchases, Facebook, was asked about the fast-changing privacy policies of Google, the question is whether the competitors have been downgraded in the search results.
Reporting by Diane Bartz; additional reporting by Sheila Dang; editing by Jonathan Oatis and David Gregorio