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States To Expand Google Antitrust Probe Into Search And Android Businesses

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According to the CNBC report on Thursday, a major investigation into Google by the state attorneys general will take on a wider scope than previously announced.

The probe was initially set to focus primarily on Google’s massive digital advertising business, which generates $138 billion a year.
Investigators are reportedly preparing to delve into Google’s search and Android businesses as well.

attorneys general from 48 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico, are joining forces for this investigation.

The office of Texas AG Ken Paxton, who’s leading the investigation, didn’t respond to a request for comment.

A Google spokesman mentioned in a blog post published by Google SVP of Public Affairs Kent Walker, ahead of the probe’s announcement in September that “We have always worked constructively with regulators and we will continue to do so.”

The state AGs have already indicated that their investigation could extend beyond advertising.

Paxton said in September when the probe was announced that “Right now it’s about advertising, but the facts will lead where they lead,”

Google’s search and advertising businesses have been under particular scrutiny in Europe.

Google was hit with a $1.7 billion fine from the European Commission for “abusive” online ad practices in March.

The commission announced that Google exploited its dominance by limiting its rivals from placing their search ads on third-party websites.

The EU’s executive arm charged Google a record $5 billion for unfair business practices around Android last year. The investigation focused on Google’s deals with phone manufacturers, requiring them to preload specific Google apps and services onto Android phones.

Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/googles-search-android-business-to-be-probed-by-state-attorneys-general-report-says/

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