Forty-eight USA states announce extensive antitrust probe of internet search giant Google

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speak Monday about the launch of an antitrust investigation into Google outside the Supreme Court in Washington D.C

USA search giant Google LLC is facing a new multi-state anti-trust probe by 50 attorneys general (AG), Texas AG Ken Paxton's office said Monday.

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Days after joining an anti-trust investigation into Facebook, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced Tuesday that he's participating in a similar multi-state investigation into Google's business practices.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel joined 49 other attorneys general in a multi-state antitrust investigation of Google Monday, according to a press release.

"What we've all learned is that while many consumers believe the internet is free... the internet is not free", Mr Paxton instructed a information convention in entrance of the US Supreme Court docket.

Google's parent company, Alphabet, has a market value of more than $820 billion and previous year reported revenue of $137 billion and income of $31 billion. The Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission are looking into the business practices of Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple to determine whether there is anticompetitive behavior. The Los Angeles Times reports that California's Attorney General declined to provide a rationale for why the Golden State isn't a party to the probe. Florida AG Ashley Moody asked. "And they were the buyer's agent and also the seller's agent", said Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt. "But we need to find out what the facts are to see if there's something, you know, going on here that warrants government intervention".

"What we've all learned is that while many consumers believe that the Internet is free, certainly we know from Google's profits of United States dollars 117 billion that the Internet is not free", he said. He noted that many Alaskan businesses rely on the internet to reach customers across the country. Kent Walker, Google's senior vice president of global affairs, defended the company in a blog post, saying: "Things that were science fiction a few years ago are now free for everyone-translating any language instantaneously, learning about objects by pointing your phone, getting an answer to pretty much any question you might have".

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The probe will look into the Silicon Valley-based giant's dominance in online searches and advertising, attorneys said.

But federal and state regulators and policymakers are growing more concerned not just with the company's impact on ordinary internet users, but also on smaller companies striving to compete in Google's markets.

Google is not alone among big tech firms when it comes to antitrust scrutiny. Paxton said the group has issued a civil investigative demand to Google to gather information about the company's advertising practices.

"Google has such a vast control over digital advertising in particular and that's what this investigation is beginning with", Rutledge told "America's Newsroom", adding that she and her counterparts want to "ensure that that power continues to be used for good".

Epstein, who considers himself a moderate who leans liberal, warned that if Congress becomes controlled by Democrats, "Google's power in Washington will skyrocket".

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