FILE PHOTO: Attendees walk past a Facebook logo during 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 said on Tuesday it was opening an antitrust investigation of the major digital and tech companies, and whether or not they will engage in anti-competitive practices.
A Justice Department statement did not identify the specific companies, but said the review would consider concerns raised about the & quot; search, social media, retail, and services-on-line” — a clear reference to the Alphabet, Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Facebook Inc.
Reuters reported on 31 May that the Ministry of Justice was preparing an investigation of Google to determine whether or not the tech giant broke antitrust law. Google declined to comment, while Facebook and Amazon did not immediately have a comment.
Report by David Shepardson; Editing by Tom Brown