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Attorney General Investigates Google

Paxton said the group has issued a civil investigative demand to Google to gather information about the company's advertising practices. The initial focus of the joint probe, according to Paxton, will be on the company's online advertising business. "The DOJ has asked us to provide information about these past investigations, and we expect state attorneys general will ask similar questions", Walker wrote.

Google has been accused of creating an "existential threat" to internet retailers with its grip on digital advertising as U.S. prosecutors announced a competition probe into the company.

On Friday, New York state Attorney General Letitia James announced an action on behalf of seven other states and the District of Columbia to probe "whether Facebook has stifled competition and put users at risk".

Sen. Diane Feinstein did not hold back when questioning representatives of Google, Facebook and Twitter on November 1.

Google wasn't so fortunate in the European Union, where the European Commission also started multiple antitrust investigations in the same period of time, involving Google's alleged anti-competitive behavior in regards to Google Shopping, Android, and Google Ads.

CNN reports that the 50 attorneys general are from 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, with California and Alabama being the only two states not to participate.

Utah AG Sean Reyes said the probe was "for the benefit of the tech ecosystem to help level the playing field".

"The Justice Department's antitrust division, under Makan Delrahim, unveiled its own plans in July to probe whether major social media, search and e-commerce companies have grown too dominant", Politico reported. Florida attorney general Ashley Moody was also at the announcement.

Critics often point to Google's 2007 acquisition of online advertising company DoubleClick as pivotal to its advertising dominance.

Alphabet said September 6 that the Justice Department in late August requested information and documents related to prior antitrust probes of the company.

Since the 2016 election, the nation's largest tech companies have been heavily criticized after it was learned that Russians manipulated Facebook to try to sow discord among Americans.

In 2016, Epstein conducted a secret monitoring project that showed that Google hid negative auto-complete search results for Hillary Clinton months before the presidential election.

"Information is power, and the most powerful source of information today is the Internet", Brnovich said in a statement. "Attorney General Becerra's refusal to join the bipartisan investigation into the tech giants is embarrassing".

"We hope the investigations will be law and evidence-based and will restrain from overly politicizing these inquiries, and that both companies and authorities will work together in good faith", said Ed Black, president and CEO of the Communications Computer and Communications Industry Association.

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