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Google target of new antitrust probe by state attorneys general - Washington Post

Google target of new antitrust probe by state attorneys general - Washington Post
FILE PHOTO: The Google logo is pictured at the entrance to the Google offices in London, Britain January 18, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay -
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(Reuters) – More than half of U.S. state attorneys general are readying an investigation into Alphabet Inc’s Google for potential antitrust violations, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

A smaller group of state attorneys general, representing the broader effort, is expected to unveil the investigation on Sept 9, the report added citing three people familiar with the matter. (https://wapo.st/2ltMR6X)

The report said that it is unclear whether some or all of the attorneys general also plan to open additional probe into tech giants like Amazon.com Inc and Facebook Inc.

Technology companies face a backlash in the United States and across the world, fuelled by concerns among competitors, lawmakers and consumer groups that they have too much power and are harming users and business rivals.

“We continue to work constructively with regulators, including attorneys general, in answering questions about our business and the dynamic technology sector”, Google spokesperson Jose Castaneda said.

(Reporting by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru; Additional reporting by David Shepardson in Washington; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)

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