Texas Takes on Google: Lone Star State Leads Massive Antitrust Probe

Just under two months after the Justice Department launched a wide-ranging anti-trust review of big tech companies, Texas takes on Google. Texas announced their own investigation into Google’s “potential monopolistic behavior” on Monday.

Just days earlier on Friday there was an announcement that said there would be an investigation into market dominance by Facebook. There is more and more antitrust scrutiny of big tech companies that have now extended beyond just federal and congressional investigations.

Texas’ probe claims that Google’s market dominance in online search, advertising and mobile operating systems allows them to stifle other innovations and as a result harm consumers.

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Though there have been many claims of anti-conservative bias levied against those at the top of Google, this antitrust probe is not related to those claims.

Last month after meeting Google CEO Sundar Pinchai in the Oval Office, President Trump tweeted: “We are watching Google very closely!” The tweet has since been taken down.

president trump we are watching google very closely

More on the story from Fox News:

Less than two months after the Justice Department initiated a wide-ranging antitrust review of big tech companies, 50 U.S. states and territories, led by Texas, Monday announced their own investigation into Google’s “potential monopolistic behavior.”

The announcement closely followed one from a separate group of states Friday that disclosed an investigation into Facebook’s market dominance. The two probes widen the antitrust scrutiny of big tech companies beyond sweeping federal and congressional investigations and enforcement action by European regulators.

A key issue in the states’ probe is whether Google abuses its market dominance in online search, advertising, and mobile operating systems to unfairly gain leverage in other markets, stifling innovation and harming consumers. Although anti-conservative bias among Google’s leadership has been documented and frequently draws the ire of top Republicans, the antitrust probes do not expressly relate to those concerns.

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Someone needs to stand up against these tech companies. They have a lot of power. It’s something that needs to be monitored closely.

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