The Department of Justice’s impending lawsuit against Google has narrowed to focus on the company’s power over internet search, a decision that could set off a cascade of separate lawsuits from states in ensuing weeks over the Silicon Valley giant’s dominance in other business segments.
In presentations to state attorneys general starting on Wednesday, the department is expected to outline its legal case centered on how Google uses its dominant search engine to harm rivals and consumers, said four people with knowledge of the plan, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the details were confidential. Meeting with the state attorneys general is one of the final steps before the department files its suit against the company, they said.
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Trump administration expected to urge state attorneys general to probe social media bias
The Trump administration is expected to urge Republican state attorneys general on Wednesday to investigate social media sites over allegations that they censor conservatives online, escalating the White House’s war with Silicon Valley as tech giants are increasingly taking action against the president’s most controversial posts.
The administration plans to raise the issue at a gathering with at least eight top Republican officials, encouraging them to use their existing state laws to probe and potentially punish perceived acts of political bias, according to two people familiar with the White House’s thinking. They spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an event that has not yet occurred.