United States Justice Department Launching Antitrust Review of Major Tech Companies

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    The United States Justice Department is launching a broad antitrust review into whether major technology companies are unlawfully stifling competition, reports The Wall Street Journal.

    The DoJ will reportedly be examining the practices of online platforms that "dominate internet search, social media and retail services," which will involve Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple.
    The antitrust review will seek "extensive input and information" from industry participants and, eventually, the tech firms themselves.

    There is no defined goal for the investigation other than to determine whether there are antitrust problems that need addressing, but DoJ officials said that a "broad range of options are on the table." Other company practices that ultimately raise concern about compliance with laws also won't be ignored.

    This investigation is separate from a rumored Google probe that will look at whether Google has engaged in unlawful monopolization practices.

    The FTC and a House antitrust subcommittee have also been investigating anticompetitive conduct among major tech companies, and last week, executives from Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon testified before Congress.

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    Amazing that you read the entire article and that was your takeaway.
     
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    Which of the above services does Apple dominate?
     
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    Will the Justice Department investigation be as tough as the ones by the EU?
     
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    App store
     
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    Thanks! Apple in hot water? Hope not!
     
  8. mozumder macrumors 6502a

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    They should just ban Facebook so that conservatives can't spread anymore fake news!
     
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    I would think Facebook and Google are in more trouble here than Apple. YouTube, Search, and Android are three vastly different companies. Facebook is just buying anyone that gets big enough to cause concern - I’m sure google does the same. They are certainly stifling not just other companies, but also censoring free speech. Although that’s a completely different topic...
     
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    Millions spent, thousands of hours wasted, and in the end....nothing will happen. Government!
     
  11. Chew Toy McCoy macrumors regular

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    Apple dominates its own App Store for idevices. Similarly, you dominate the place you live in and by this anti-competition logic you should remove all your doors and let everybody come in and out as they please.
     
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    Ya, like how conservatives spread that fake news story this week about Fox News not broadcasting the Mueller testimony!

    Oh wait...
     
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    Yeah that was my original thought as well. I suppose "retail" could kind of extend to the App Store. Kind of.
     
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    Call me crazy, but this probably has more to do with conservatives believing that big tech is out to get them, than anything anti-trust related.
     
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    The landscape has changed an awful lot since the days of Microsoft and it's Internet Explorer being bundled with Windows vs. Netscape Navigator.

    I miss Netscape sometimes when I think about it.
     
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    That's optimistic. They could always make things worse.
     
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    As private companies they have the right to decide who gets to speak and what is said. Simply because they are big does not mean they lose their right to control their platform.
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    I agree. It’s a political stunt. If Obama did it they’d be screaming socialism and worse.
     
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    Riiiight, the DOJ has no "goal". Total BS. They’re on a fishing expedition and will twist whatever they find to attain their ends.
     
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    Ya, because facebook screams conservative. lol
     
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    Spreading fake news is just spreading news. You cannot ban news just because you don’t like the message.

    Creating and hosting fake news can be a crime and enforceable but would also cripple Facebook and the entire Internet temporarily. No clear winners there.
     
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    Killer !

    I may contact them & tell them Our Story !

    It's NOT OK for Apple to suppress third-party App Innovation, just because it benefits them !

    One of the BIGGEST companies on the planet should NOT be Bullying some of the SMALLEST !
     
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    I think you're lost. As a conservative we love big tech.. big companies.. power in the hands of people and companies rather than government.

    I think you're confusing us with the other guys.
     
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    My takeaway was why no Microsoft ?
     

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