State AGs are joining with the DOJ in combined efforts to go after Big Tech’s censorship and political bias

Monday, August 26, 2019
By Paul Martin

by: Ethan Huff
NaturalNews.com
Monday, August 26, 2019

At least 20 states are teaming up to take on Big Tech, according to new reports, as attorneys general all across the country initiate the early stages of a joint antitrust investigation into the monopolistic practices of tech giants like Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon, also known as the “Big Four.”

With a formal launch set for sometime in September, the collaborative effort, which has already begun, will involve states issuing what are known as civil investigative demands, similar to subpoenas, to tech companies with a questionable track record of shady business practices – which is pretty much all of them, at this point.

Potentially dovetailing with investigations by both the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) that were recently announced at the federal level, this new probe by the states will aim to get to the bottom of how tech corporations are illicitly stifling their competition while engaging in anti-free speech censorship schemes.

The hope is to have this investigation be a bipartisan effort, with authority figures from both sides of the aisle working together on behalf of all Americans to achieve fairness and preserve the First Amendment in the online environment, which is where tens of millions of Americans now get their news.

Another goal of the probe is to uncover the degree to which tech giants are violating the privacy rights of their users. Facebook, as many of our readers well know, has largely taken the spotlight in this regard, with recent reports indicating that the Mark Zuckerberg empire is now secretly recording users’ conversations and transcribing them without their permission or knowledge.

“The attorneys general involved have concerns over the control of personal data by large tech companies and will hold them accountable for anticompetitive practices that endanger privacy and consumer data,” announced a spokesman for New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat helping to lead the probe from the Empire State.

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, also a Democrat, announced that he will be “participating in bipartisan conversations about this issue,” while Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, yet another Democrat, has indicated that he’s “concerned with the aggregation of data in the hands of a few,” and thus wants to be “always watchful of any monopoly.”

The feds may join the states to ensure that Big Tech is finally held accountable for breaking the law

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, is also onboard with the effort, having issued a statement last month indicating that he’s already spoken with some of the other attorneys general about “the real concerns consumers across the country have with big tech companies stifling competition on the internet.”

If successful, this joint probe could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for the tech cabal, which for far too long has gotten away with pretty much anything and everything. And should the feds join in on the endeavor, which some say is a possibility, real change could finally be on the horizon.

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