Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook undergo antitrust investigations … Know the...

Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook undergo antitrust investigations … Know the...
Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook undergo antitrust investigations … Know the...

The four big tech companies – Google, Amazon, Apple, and – are facing a raft of federal and state antitrust investigations that were exposed in mid-2019, and while Democrats may be seen to be tougher on antitrust regulation, concerns seem Republicans’ conventionalism about bypassing regulations has been overtaken by anger at allegations that major tech companies are trying to stifle conservative voices.

According to the Indian site gadgetsnow, these are the ongoing complaints:

Ministry of Justice with Google:

The US Department of Justice is expected to file a complaint within two weeks, accusing Google of seeking to harm competitors in search and profitable ads on the search network.

Ministry of Justice with Apple Inc.

It seems that this investigation, which was revealed in June 2019, focuses on the Apple App Store, as some application developers accused Apple of introducing new products and then expelling the applications that compete with them, and Apple says it seeks to obtain high-quality applications only in the App Store.

Ministry of Justice with Facebook and Amazon:

In July 2019, the Justice Department said it was expanding its investigation of Big Tech to include “research, social media, and some online retail services” – an apparent reference to Facebook and Amazon as well.

Federal Trade Commission v. Facebook:

FTC officials investigating Facebook have asked about past acquisitions, such as Instagram and WhatsApp, and how Facebook deals with app developers on its platform, and the FTC told Facebook in June 2019 that it was investigating whether the company had engaged in monopolistic practices. illegal.

Federal Trade Commission with Amazon:

In its investigation with Amazon, the Federal Trade Commission will likely consider the conflicts of interest inherent in Amazon’s competition with small sellers on its marketplace platform, including allegations that it used information from sellers on its platform to determine which products it would offer.

State attorney’s investigation with Google:

A group of state prosecutors led by Texas is expected to file a lawsuit focusing on digital advertising, while a group led by Colorado is considering a more extensive lawsuit against Google that may also include concerns about its Android business.

State prosecutors are investigating Facebook:

New York Attorney General Letitia James, who leads state attorneys who are investigating Facebook, said the investigation will look into whether the company’s actions threaten consumer data, reduce consumer choice, or increase advertising price.

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