State Attorneys General Announce Facebook Antitrust Investigation

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State Attorneys General Announce Facebook Antitrust Investigation
​New York AG Letitia James said, "Even the largest social media platform in the world must follow the law and respect consumers."
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A bipartisan group of attorneys general are investigating Facebook for potential antitrust issues.

Officials from eight states and the District of Columbia will be looking into "Facebook's dominance in the industry and the potential anticompetitive conduct stemming from that dominance."

New York state Attorney General Letitia James announced the investigation in a statement, saying, "Even the largest social media platform in the world must follow the law and respect consumers. I am proud to be leading a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general in investigating whether Facebook has stifled competition and put users at risk."

The announcement comes on the heels of reports that more than half of the country's AGs are gearing up to open an antitrust investigation into Google.

James said the investigation into Facebook will focus on whether the company's actions have raised the price of advertising, "endangered" users' data or lowered the "quality of consumers' choices."