Regulators in eight states and the District of Columbia are moving forward with an antitrust investigation into Facebook, New York’s attorney general said on Friday, the latest move by government officials to increase scrutiny of America’s technology giants.
“Even the largest social media platform in the world must follow the law and respect consumers,” Attorney General Letitia James of New York said in announcing the opening of the inquiry. Joining Ms. James in the effort are the attorneys general of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and the District of Columbia.
“We will use every investigative tool at our disposal to determine whether Facebook’s actions may have endangered consumer data, reduced the quality of consumers’ choices or increased the price of advertising,” Ms. James said.
An announcement that state officials would open an antitrust investigation into Facebook and other big tech companies had been expected, although the timing was unclear.
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