Department of Justice Announces Antitrust Investigation into Big Tech

Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple are four of the corporations many expect to fall under scrutiny of the new DOJ investigation.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that it’s Antitrust Division is investigating “whether and how market-leading online platforms have achieved market power and are engaging in practices that have reduced competition, stifled innovation, or otherwise harmed consumers.”

“Without the discipline of meaningful market-based competition, digital platforms may act in ways that are not responsive to consumer demands,” said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Antitrust Division. “The Department’s antitrust review will explore these important issues.”

The new DOJ probe opens Big Tech companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple to antitrust claims from both the Federal Trade Commission and the DOJ.

Culttture‘s Ali Alexander lauded the move, one he has been predicting for weeks.

“Very pleased with the DOJ announcements today,” Alexander tweeted.

Regarding Google’s rigged search results in particular, Alexander stated, “Without a proper disclosure, Google is misrepresenting its search returns. This is prosecutable Fraud. The DOJ can act and so can the FTC. Every search query is an instance of Fraud against the consumer. This Fraud is worth hundreds of billions of dollars.”

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Andrew Meyer