Justice Dept to open new, wide-ranging anti-trust review of Big Tech companies

Justice Dept to open new, wide-ranging anti-trust review of Big Tech companies
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg (L) and Google's Sundar Pichai (R). (Images: Zuckerberg, Facebook. Pichai, YouTube)

[Ed. – Some people will says it’s about time.  Other will say it’s the wrong focus in a tough issue of economics versus government power.  Will it serve to put a scare into the Silicon Valley censors’ squad, or just make them double down as 2020 approaches?]

The Justice Department is opening a broad antitrust review into whether dominant technology firms are unlawfully stifling competition, adding a new Washington threat for companies such as Facebook Inc., Google, Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc.

The review is geared toward examining the practices of online platforms that dominate internet search, social media and retail services, the department said, confirming the review shortly after The Wall Street Journal reported it.

The new antitrust inquiry under Attorney General William Barr could ratchet up the already considerable regulatory pressures facing the top U.S. tech firms. The review is designed to go above and beyond recent plans for scrutinizing the tech sector that were crafted by the department and the Federal Trade Commission.

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