Indiana joins multi-state investigation into Facebook over possible antitrust violations


INDIANA (WEHT/CNN) – Indiana joins a multi-state investigation into Facebook over possible antitrust violations.

There are 47 state attorneys general investigating the claims.

This announcement was made on Tuesday.

New York Attorney General Letitia James said her probe into the social media company has grown immensely since it began last month.

In a press release, James said all of the states involved are concerned Facebook may have put consumer data at risk.

The attorneys general are also investigating whether Facebook has reduced the quality of consumers choices and increased the price of advertising.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill says just like individuals, “corporations need to be held accountable for following the law”.

Hill also said, “And just like individual citizens, corporations also enjoy the presumption of innocence until facts prove otherwise. In this case, we must follow the facts to determine whether Facebook has engaged in anti-competitive behavior in violation of state and federal antitrust laws.”

“To protect consumers and the free market, we must promote conditions under which all entities may compete on a level playing field in accordance with the rule of law,” Attorney General Hill said.

The move shows how law enforcement officials are probing specific business behaviors they believe could support an anti-trust case, which is a change from past tactics of pursuing tech giants purely because of their size.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify in Congress on Wednesday.

The multi-state investigation is also looking into whether Facebook has compromised consumers’ personal data and privacy.

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(This story was originally published on October 22, 2019)

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