According to a Politico report, California has become the 49th state to launch an antitrust investigation on Google.
California and Alabama were the only states not to participate in an antitrust investigation of 48 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, which began in September and focuses on Google’s dominance in advertising and search online.
We still don’t know what aspects of Google cases on which the reported California investigation will focus.
The Department of Justice is also currently conducting its own Google antitrust investigation and working with the multi-state probe. Investigations should lead to prosecution of Google.
Google is one of several large tech companies, including Facebook, Microsoft, Apple and Amazon, which are currently being investigated by state and federal lawmakers and agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, on suspected antitrust issues.
In 2011, California, four other states (Texas, New York, Oklahoma and Ohio) and the Federal Trade Commission launched an antitrust investigation into allegations that Google unfairly favored its own products over its competitors in search results. . This investigation was closed in 2013.
TipsClear contacted Google and the California attorney general’s office, Xavier Becerra, for comments.