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NY attorney general joins national probe into Facebook antitrust violations

2019-09-06

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New York Attorney General Letitia James is teaming up with other state prosecutors to investigate whether Facebook violated antitrust laws, her office confirmed Friday.

The probe comes as the social media giant has undergone greater scrutiny for its acquisition of other tech companies — Instagram and Whatsapp among them — in what critics view as attempts to squelch competition.

The multi-state probe is expected to cover whether consumer data was improperly obtained from Facebook as well, James said.

“Even the largest social media platform in the world must follow the law and respect consumers," she said in a written statement released Friday morning. "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.”

Attorneys general in Washington D.C., Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska and Tennessee will also take part in the investigation, according to James office.

Facebook did not immediately respond.