US states plan Google antitrust meeting next month: report

October 23, 2019 09:18
Google has said that it is cooperating with US state and federal regulators who are looking into the firm's business practices. Photo: Reuters

US state attorneys general probing Google plan to meet next month in Colorado to discuss a probe into whether the search giant’s business practices break antitrust law, Reuters reports, citing sources with knowledge of the matter.

The meeting, which is being planned for Nov. 11, would be similar to a gathering this week in New York where state and federal enforcers from the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission discussed their probe of Facebook, according to the report.

The investigation of Google appears to be well underway since Texas sent the search and advertising giant a subpoena asking for information about its ad business.

As of earlier this month, Google began sending data to the attorneys general.

The investigation, which involves all state attorneys general except Alabama and California, seeks to dig into the opaque business of online digital advertising, where Google is a dominant player.

Attorneys general for the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico are also part of the investigation.

Google offers free searches, email and other services but much of its revenue is from advertising.

The company has previously said that it was cooperating with federal regulators and with the state probe.

Google faces two other major inquiries -- a US Justice Department investigation and a probe by the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee -- both of which have broad reviews of the big internet companies underway.

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