Friday 6 September 2019 2:12 pm

New York attorney general launches antitrust probe at Facebook

New York’s attorney general has launched an investigation into Facebook for potential antitrust violations.

Letitia James’s probe will span several states as she focuses on “Facebook’s dominance in the industry and the potential anticompetitive conduct stemming from that dominance”.

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“Even the largest social media platform in the world must follow the law and respect consumers,” James said today.

“I am proud to be leading a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general in investigating whether Facebook has stifled competition and put users at risk.

Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook now faces the wrath of several US attorney generals as well as the FTC (Getty)
Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook now faces the wrath of several US attorney generals as well as the FTC (Getty)

“We will use every investigative tool at our disposal to determine whether Facebook’s actions may have endangered consumer data, reduced the quality of consumers’ choices, or increased the price of advertising.”

Facebook’s share price fell 0.7 per cent in pre-market trading.

Attorney generals from Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, the District of Columbia, Tennessee, Ohio, Nebraska and Iowa are all involved in the investigation.

The social media giant is under a separate investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over antitrust.

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