A group of US states is reportedly moving forward with an antitrust investigation into the countries biggest tech companies. According to the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, several state attorneys general plan to launch the effort as early as next month. According to those familiar with the matter, a bipartisan group will issue civil subpoenas to relevant companies soon, with Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple likely to be main targets. The action may merge with plans by the Justice Department, which is performing its own review of Alphabet and Facebook. One source believes up to 20 states could be involved in the investigation, which may focus on the competitive practices of the companies. It bears similarities to a 1998 state investigation of Microsoft, after which it agreed to make Windows more accessible to third-party developers. This time, however, it's not clear if Microsoft will be a target of the investigation. Neither WSJ or The New York Times have mentioned the company specifically, though it does seem the action wants to take a wider look at the role of tech giants.
US States Are Reportedly Launching an Antitrust Investigation into Tech Giants
US State Attorney's are reportedly moving forward with an investigation into Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple, which draws parallels to 1992 action against Microsoft.