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Apr 12, 2001

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 Justice Department will examine issues including how the most dominant tech firms have grown in size and might--and expanded their reach into additional businesses. The Justice Department also is interested in how Big Tech has leveraged the powers that come with having very large networks of users, the officials said.
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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Article Link: United States Justice Department Launching Antitrust Review of Major Tech Companies


macrumors regular
Sep 29, 2015
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...


Moderator emeritus
Sep 8, 2010
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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macrumors 601
Aug 14, 2009
but also censoring free speech. Although that’s a completely different topic...
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.
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.

I agree. It’s a political stunt. If Obama did it they’d be screaming socialism and worse.


macrumors 68020
Jun 7, 2007
They should just ban Facebook so that conservatives can't spread anymore fake news!
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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