Attorneys General of 48 US states launch investigation into Google
Indiana Attorney Curtis Hill said the investigation is “independent” and “preliminary,” but is based on suspicions that Google may use dishonest practices to promote its services.
The authorities of 48 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have launched an investigation into Google’s alleged monopolization of the market, RIA Novosti reported on September 9 with reference to a statement by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
"It's an investigation to determine the facts; Right now it's about advertising, but the facts will lead where they lead", Paxton explained, announcing the beginning of the probe, which Texas Attorney General will begin together with other US states and territories.
“While many consumers believe the internet is free certainly we know from Google's profits of $117 billion that the internet is not free,” Paxton said. “This is a company that dominates all aspects of advertising on the internet and searching on the internet. They dominate the buyer side, the sellers’ side, and even the video side with YouTube,” the Texas Attorney General said explaining the reason for the investigation. According to him, the site carries out 3.8 million search operations every minute generating large revenues, and Google controls the hits of most of the searches.
Indiana Attorney Curtis Hill said the investigation is “independent” and “preliminary,” but is based on suspicions that Google may use dishonest practices to promote its services. He called the Internet a broadband information highway with the traffic control is in the hands of just one company.
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyers said the investigation was caused by calls from US people and long-overdue issues people have taken with Google’s actions, while Florida Attorney Ashley Moody said the investigation would be about the practice of gathering user information to promote the company's services and advertising.
It is noted that only California and Alabama, which are conducting a similar check on Facebook, have not joined the investigation.
In July 2018, the EC ordered Google to pay €4.34 billion. The essence of the claim was that the corporation had set licensing terms for Android, thus giving priority to its own online search services and infringing on the rights of its competitors.