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More US states join anti-trust probe of facebook

On Tuesday, New York’s top attorney said that its investigation regarding facebook has expanded to include most of the country.

The attorney was investigating whether facebook violated the anti-trust laws.

Now, the New York led probe include 45 states with the capital territory of Columbia and the US territory Guam.

New York attorney general Letitia James said that the investigation had the support of 47 attorney generals from around the nation.

Added to it, she said that all the members were concerned that facebook might have put consumer data at risk,

they also voiced the concerns over reduced quality of consumers’ choice and increased price of advertising.

Furthermore, she said that they would use every investigative tool at their disposal.

Meanwhile, Missouri attorney general Eric Schmitt said that even the biggest of the big tech companies should be held accountable.

He added that that was what they were seeking to do with this investigation.

On the other hand, the facebook chief, Mark Zuckerberg pledged to “go to mat” to fight government’s attempts to break up the social media giant.

Zuckerberg has to appear before the house of representative on Wednesday.

In the meantime, Zuckerberg has consistently argued that splitting the company would not address the issues raised by critics.

The house financial committee said in a statement said that Zuckerberg would be the sole witness at the October 23 hearing.

 

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