Facebook and Google may be even more on antitrust scrutiny, according to an advance news report Friday by The Wall Street Journal. Having already advanced in August that several US states would be preparing to launch their own investigations into the technology giants, the paper now states that two groups of lawyers are ready to launch investigations as early as next week. The news regarding Facebook has already been confirmed by the attorney general of New York, the state that will lead the investigation.
According to information reported by the newspaper from anonymous sources, the Texas-led research will focus on Google's impact on the digital advertising market and is due to be presented early next Monday. New York is already reviewing the social network for data privacy issues, along with Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and the District of Columbia. As for concrete numbers of states that have joined these investigations, 36 will be investigating Google.
This announcement comes after the latest scandal of a new social data leak, which targeted 133 million US users, 18 million Britons and at least 50 million Vietnamese users, but Google is no escape from antitrust investigation either. The latest fine was imposed on YouTube, ordered to pay $ 200 million for breaking the online privacy law for children.