US antitrust probe against Google will expand into search and Android
Previously the main focus was on Google's advertising practices
US state attorneys investigating 's advertising practices will also focus on the company’s search and Android businesses, sources familiar with the matter have told CNBC.
Fifty attorneys, who represent 48 states as well as Puerto Rico and Washington, DC, will write subpoenas to support the new lines of the investigation.
The leader of the probe, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, urged to expand the investigation during the recent meeting. It was not immediately clear which states will look at Google’s search and Android businesses. However, there will be separate probes for those.
Google has not yet commented on the matter. However, in September, when the probe was initially announced, the tech giant expressed its willingness to cooperate with officials.
The new decision comes as major US politicians speak out against major tech companies. US president Donald Trump has repeatedly blamed , Google, and of working against his administration.
Regulating big tech is a major topic in the wake of 2020 presidential election in the US. Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders offered to remove consolidated power from tech giants.
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