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 with Attorney General William Barr, on Thursday to discuss the impact of the major tech companies ahead of the competition, and a variety of enforcement actions is to be assessed, and the Texas attorney general’s office said in a statement.
The two group discussions focused on the “big tech companies, stifling competition on the internet,” the statement said. The other participants were not named, while in the other four states have been identified to attend.
“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).
The New York state attorney general, Letitia James, sent a representative to the meeting on Thursday, and Florida, were also present, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Mississippi was at the meeting, a source said, ” the private and the Political that states that a public official, of Louisiana, was not there.
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, the pressure of the Republican party in the Trump administration, a 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 that the world’s largest online retailer, fought with its own vendors; therefore, Apple was asked about its effectiveness in the market place for apps and in-app purchases; Facebook was asked about the fast-changing privacy policies, and Google is about the question whether or not the competitors have been downgraded in the search results.
Reporting by Diane Bartz; additional reporting by Sheila Dang; editing by David Gregorio and Leslie Adler