USA launches Big Tech antitrust probe

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In the USA, the Federal Trade Commission made an antitrust investigation of Google but closed it in 2013 without taking action.

For the good of consumers and competition on the internet, we welcome any renewed interest by USA regulators into Google's anticompetitive behavior.

The U.S. probe would focus on accusations Google gave preference to its own businesses in search results, one source said.

Google and Facebook are in the crosshairs of potential U.S. antitrust probes that could disrupt their businesses or even break them apart - but it's not the first time they have faced heat from the feds.

In 2013, the FTC closed an antitrust investigation of Google over whether it favored certain search results, among other things.

Google, which did not comment at the time, has previously said it has invested in China for years and plans to continue to do so, but that the company also was continuing to work with the US government on projects in healthcare, cybersecurity and other fields.

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As things stand right now, it's unclear what exactly the Justice Department is supposed to be looking into specifically.

Many tech companies are happy about a potential Google probe. Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic 2020 presidential candidate, has made it a key part of her platform to break up the big tech companies, including Google, Apple and Amazon.

Google and Facebook - dominant players in the online advertising space - have sophisticated tools in their systems that may create unfair competition which may disadvantage smaller players when competing for advertising dollars.

Justin Post, analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, believes that a potential investigation might lead to a breakup. Google declined any comment.

The FTC is already investigating Facebook over the Cambridge Analytica scandal with the social network bracing itself for fines of up to $5bn (£3.9bn). Facebook said in April that it expected to be fined up to 5 billion USA dollars by the regulator. The FTC declined to comment, and Facebook did not immediately respond to a request. And despite an "unfavorable" legal environment for regulators, they may feel more emboldened to go after the companies even if the chances of success are low.

That the issue of monopoly power of United States companies, not just in the internet sector, but also in the pharmaceutical industry, could evolve into a significant 2020 campaign topic is historic, said Weber Waller.

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