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Big Tech Antitrust Investigations: Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Updates

Regulators and government officials worldwide continue to closely scrutinize big  technology companies — i.e., “Big Tech” — amid potential anti-competitive concerns.

The central question: Have companies such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Alphabet’s Google, and Microsoft become too powerful or do they maintain anti-competitive practices in such markets as:

  • e-commerce;
  • app stores;
  • social media;
  • Internet search; and/or
  • cloud services?

Note: This blog tracks those issues and more. Blog originally published July 27, 2020. Updated regularly thereafter.



Here’s a look at Big Tech companies and the scrutiny they face…

Amazon: Multiple updates…

  • CEO Jeff Bezos will make his first-ever appearance before Congress on July 29. In recent years, Bezos has granted few extended interviews to journalists and has seldom faced the kind of adversarial questions he is likely to get from lawmakers on the House Antitrust Subcommittee. He is set to testify via videoconference alongside CEOs from Apple Inc., Google parent Alphabet Inc. and Facebook Inc. Source: The Wall Street Journal, July 27, 2020.
  • Here’s a transcript of what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos plans to tell the U.S. House of Representatives during a congressional hearing on antitrust concerns. Source: ChannelE2E, July 29, 2020.
  • As Apple and Amazon.com worked toward a high-profile distribution deal at least a couple of years ago, one proposal on the table was for Apple to have “competing ads removed from search” results on Amazon, according to documents released from a U.S. House of Representatives investigation. Source: Reuters, July 29, 2020.
  • Attorneys general from New York and California are partnering with the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Amazon.com Inc.’s online marketplace, according to people familiar with the matter. Source: Bloomberg, August 3, 2020.
  • Canada’s competition regulator is looking into Amazon over concerns the e-shopping giant’s practices hurt local companies and consumers. Source: Bloomberg, August 14, 2020.
  • A group of more than 2,000 online sellers has filed an antitrust case against Amazon in India, alleging the U.S. company favors some retailers whose online discounts drive independent vendors out of business. Source: Reuters, August 26, 2020.
  • Amazon has become the European Union’s latest Big Tech target as regulators escalated a case into how it uses rivals’ sales data on its platform and added a new probe into whether it unfairly favors its own products. Source: Bloomberg, November 10, 2020.
  • Amazon will raise fees for Spanish companies using its platform by 3% from April after the government imposed a digital tax, a company document reveals. Source: Reuters, January 22, 2021.
  • Amazon has failed to comply with workplace safety rules during the pandemic and retaliated against warehouse workers who raised concerns, New York alleged in a lawsuit against the retail giant. Source: Bloomberg, February 16, 2021.
  • Amazon documents reveal the company’s secret strategy to dodge India’s regulators. Source: Reuters, February 17, 2021.

Apple: Multiple updates…

  • Multiple U.S. states are investigating Apple for potentially deceiving consumers, according to a March document obtained by a tech watchdog group know as the Tech Transparency Project. Source: Reuters, July 23, 2020.
  • As Apple and Amazon.com worked toward a high-profile distribution deal at least a couple of years ago, one proposal on the table was for Apple to have “competing ads removed from search” results on Amazon, according to documents released from a U.S. House of Representatives investigation. Source: Reuters, July 29, 2020.
  • Italy’s antitrust authority has opened an inquiry into Apple, Google and Dropbox over cloud computing services. Source: Reuters, September 7, 2020.
  • Apple iPhones face scrutiny from Dutch antitrust regulators who are probing whether users get a free choice of financial apps with contactless payments. The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets said it started an investigation into payment apps’ access to near-field communication, which allows people to wave their phones at payment terminals to make purchases. Source: Bloomberg, December 4, 2020.
  • Apple faces an Italian class-action lawsuit seeking compensation over misleading claims about the battery life of older iPhones. Source: Bloomberg, January 25, 2021.
  • Britain’s competition regulator has opened an investigation into Apple after complaints that the iPhone maker’s terms and conditions for app developers are unfair and anti-competitive. The probe will consider if Apple has a dominant position in the distribution of apps on its devices in the UK, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said. Source: Reuters, March 4, 2021.

Australia: Multiple updates…

  • Australia’s competition regulator on July 27, 2020, accused Alphabet’s Google of misleading consumers to get permission for use of their personal data for targeted advertising, seeking a fine “in the millions” and aiming to establish a precedent. Source: Reuters, July 26, 2020.
  • Australia’s government has ordered Facebook and Alphabet’s Google to share revenue generated from news articles, adding to growing global regulatory and political pushback against the digital giants. Source: Bloomberg, July 30, 2020.
  • Google said it would block its search engine in Australia if the government proceeds with a new code that would force Google and Facebook to pay media companies for the right to use their content. Source: Reuters, January 21, 2021.
  • Australia claimed an early win in a protracted licensing battle with Google as media companies lined up to announce content deals with the internet giant that were reportedly far more lucrative than their global rivals. Source: Reuters, February 17, 2021.
  • Facebook faced an angry backlash after blocking news feeds in Australia in a surprise escalation of a dispute with the government which could be a test for the future of online publishing worldwide. Source: Reuters, February 17, 2021.
  • Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison vowed to press ahead with laws to force Facebook Inc to pay news outlets for content, saying he had received support from world leaders after the social media giant blacked out all media. Source: Reuters, February 18, 2021.


Canada: The country’s competition regulator is looking into Amazon over concerns the e-shopping giant’s practices hurt local companies and consumers. Source: Bloomberg, August 14, 2020.


China: China is preparing to launch an antitrust probe into Alphabet Google, looking into allegations it has leveraged the dominance of its Android mobile operating system to stifle competition. Source: Reuters, September 30, 2020.


European Union: Multiple updates…

  • Microsoft may find itself in EU antitrust regulators’ crosshairs yet again after U.S. workspace messaging app Slack Technologies complained about the company embedding its workplace chat and video app Teams in its Office product. Source: Reuters, July 22, 2020.
  • Facebook is suing European Union (EU) antitrust regulators for seeking information beyond what is necessary, including highly personal details, for their investigations into the company’s data and marketplace, the U.S. social media group said. Source: Reuters, July 27, 2020.
  • The European Union wants to arm itself with new powers to penalize big technology companies, the Financial Times reported. The proposed plan includes forcing tech giants to break up or sell some of their European operations if their market dominance is deemed to threaten the interests of customers and smaller rivals, the newspaper said. Source: Reuters, September 20, 2020.
  • Technology firms’ compliance with European restrictions on transatlantic data transfers is shockingly poor, Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems said, publishing a survey here of companies including Facebook and Netflix. Source: Reuters, September 28, 2020.
  • Alphabet unit Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple and other U.S. tech giants could be banned from favoring their services or forcing users to sign up to a bundle of services under draft EU rules aimed at reining in their power. Source: Reuters, September 30, 2020.
  • European Union regulators are making a ‘hit list’ of up to 20 large internet companies, potentially including Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Alphabet’s Google, that will be facing new and tougher rules aimed at curbing their market power, the Financial Times reported. Source: Reuters, October 11, 2020.
  • Amazon has become the European Union’s latest Big Tech target as regulators escalated a case into how it uses rivals’ sales data on its platform and added a new probe into whether it unfairly favors its own products. Source: Bloomberg, November 10, 2020.
  • A group of 165 companies and industry bodies have called on EU antitrust enforcers to take a tougher line against Google, saying the U.S. tech giant unfairly favours its own services on its web searches. Source: Reuters, November 12, 2020.
  • Technology companies’ services could be banned from the European market if they do not heed EU regulation, Europe’s industry chief Thierry Breton said.  Breton will announce new draft rules known as the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act together with European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Dec. 2. Source: Reuters, November 15, 2020.
  • A video call between the European Union’s digital chief and Alphabet (Google), Apple, Amazon, and Facebook to discuss draft rules to curb their powers has been postponed until December 2, 2020, an EU official said. Source: Reuters, November 20, 2020.
  • Google and digital advertising firms are the targets of fresh privacy complaints filed in six EU countries over the way they sell ads to potential advertisers through a bidding process. Source: Reuters, December 10, 2020.
  • Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Alphabet unit Google may have to change their business practices in Europe or face hefty fines between 6-10% under new draft EU rules. Source: Reuters, December 15, 2020.
  • Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai will hold a video-conference call with EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager on January 25, 2021, according to a European Commission schedule published on January 22, 2021. Source: Reuters, January 22, 2021.


Facebook: Multiple updates…

  • Regulation intended to address the news industry’s problems with Google and Facebook could have adverse consequences, said outgoing New York Times Chief Executive Officer Mark Thompson in an interview. Source: Reuters, July 23, 2020.
  • Facebook is suing European Union (EU) antitrust regulators for seeking information beyond what is necessary, including highly personal details, for their investigations into the company’s data and marketplace, the U.S. social media group said. Source: Reuters, July 27, 2020.
  • Facebook has won the first round of its court battle against what it says are excessive demands from European Union antitrust regulators after Europe’s second-top court temporarily halted such requests until it makes a final ruling. Source: Reuters, July 28, 2020.
  • Here’s a transcript of what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to say during a congressional hearing focused on Big Tech antitrust concerns. Source: ChannelE2E, July 29, 2020.
  • Google and Facebook took particularly sharp jabs for alleged abuse of their market power from Democrats and Republicans in a much-anticipated congressional hearing that put four of America’s most prominent tech CEOs in the hot seat. Source: Reuters, July 29, 2020.
  • Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg stumbled at a congressional hearing on alleged abuse of market power, as lawmakers confronted the social media titan with damaging internal emails about the company’s acquisitions. Source: Reuters, July 29, 2020.
  • Technology firms’ compliance with European restrictions on transatlantic data transfers is shockingly poor, Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems said, publishing a survey here of companies including Facebook and Netflix. Source: Reuters, September 28, 2020.
  • A government effort to break up Facebook from Instagram and WhatsApp would defy established law, cost billions of dollars and harm consumers, according to a paper company lawyers have prepared in the wake of rising antitrust legal threats. Source: The Wall Street Journal, October 4, 2020.
  • Senator Marsha Blackburn, a Republican and a tough critic of the big tech companies, urged the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday to interview some former employees of Facebook as part of its probe of the social media giant. Both the FTC and groups of state attorneys general are widely believed to be planning litigation against Facebook for breaking antitrust law. Source: Reuters, November 12, 2020.
  • A group of U.S. states led by New York is investigating Facebook for possible antitrust violations and plans to file a lawsuit against the social media giant the week of December 7, 2020. Source: Reuters, December 2, 2020.
  • The U.S. Justice Department accused Facebook of discriminating against U.S. workers, saying in a new lawsuit the social media giant has given hiring preferences to temporary workers, including those who hold H-1B visas. Source: Reuters, December 3, 2020.
  • Facebook could be forced to sell WhatsApp and Instagram after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and nearly every U.S. state filed lawsuits against the social media company. The lawsuits claim Facebook used a “buy or bury” strategy to snap up rivals and keep smaller competitors at bay. Source: Reuters, December 9, 2020.
  • Texas and nine other states sued Google, accusing it of working with Facebook in an unlawful manner that violated antitrust law to boost its already-dominant online advertising business. Source: Reuters, December 16, 2020.
  • Facebook and Google agreed to “cooperate and assist one another” if they ever faced an investigation into their pact to work together in online advertising, according to an unredacted version of a lawsuit filed by 10 states against Google last week. Source: The Wall Street Journal, December 22, 2020.
  • Facebook is facing a second London High Court class action over allegations it failed to protect the personal details of about one million people in England and Wales, in the latest lawsuit to spring from a scandal over data harvesting. Source: Reuters, February 9, 2021.
  • Italy’s competition watchdog has fined Facebook 7 million euros ($8.5 million) for not complying with a request to correct improper commercial practices in its treatment of user data. Source: Reuters, February 16, 2021.
  • Facebook faced an angry backlash after blocking news feeds in Australia in a surprise escalation of a dispute with the government which could be a test for the future of online publishing worldwide. Source: Reuters, February 17, 2021.
  • Facebook, following in Google’s footsteps, says it plans to invest $1 billion to “support the news industry” over the next three years. The move comes amid complaints that the Facebook and Google business models consume and share content without paying content creators — thereby pressuring traditional media businesses. Source: Associated Press, February 24, 2021.

France: Multiple updates…

  • France’s newly-appointed Environment Minister Barbara Pompili said she would push to pause the development of warehouses used by online businesses such as Amazon, in a possible setback for the e-commerce giant. Source: Reuters, July 23, 2020.
  • France’s data privacy watchdog has handed out its biggest ever fine of 100 million euros ($121 million) to Google for breaching the country’s rules on online advertising trackers (cookies). Source: Reuters, December 10, 2020.

Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved draft digital antitrust legislation that will give German authorities more tools to combat market abuse by large tech companies. The law, which has yet to be approved by parliament, would expand the powers of the Federal Cartel Office to regulate companies that dominate the Internet economy. The proposed rules would allow the German antitrust regulator to step in if marketplace platforms use the data they collect from smaller businesses through their site to undercut competitors. Source: Bloomberg, September 9, 2020.



Google and Alphabet: Multiple updates…

  • Regulation intended to address the news industry’s problems with Google and Facebook could have adverse consequences, said outgoing New York Times Chief Executive Officer Mark Thompson in an interview. Source: Reuters, July 23, 2020.
  • Australia’s competition regulator on July 27, 2020, accused Alphabet’s Google of misleading consumers to get permission for use of their personal data for targeted advertising, seeking a fine “in the millions” and aiming to establish a precedent. Source: Reuters, July 26, 2020.
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel will hold a hearing on September 15 to discuss Google’s dominance in online advertising, Republican Senator Mike Lee said. Source: Reuters, July 27, 2020.
  • Google and Facebook took particularly sharp jabs for alleged abuse of their market power from Democrats and Republicans in a much-anticipated congressional hearing that put four of America’s most prominent tech CEOs in the hot seat. Source: Reuters, July 29, 2020.
  • Google’s $2.1 billion bid for fitness tracker maker Fitbit will face a full-scale EU antitrust investigation next week, people familiar with the matter said. Source: Reuters, July 30, 2020.
  • The U.S. Justice Department is moving “full-tilt” on its antitrust investigation of Alphabet Inc’s Google and other Big Tech platforms. Source: Reuters, August 13, 2020.
  • Some Justice Department staffers have expressed internal concerns over plans to bring an antitrust lawsuit against Google —and what they view as an aggressive timeline favored by Attorney General William Barr. Source: The Wall Street Journal, August 17, 2020.
  • The Justice Department, which has been conducting an antitrust investigation of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, plans to bring a lawsuit against Google as soon as this month. The focus remains on search and advertising. Source: Reuters, September 3, 2020.
  • Italy’s antitrust authority has opened an inquiry into Google, Apple and Dropbox over cloud computing services. Source: Reuters, September 7, 2020.
  • Alphabet’s Google will be questioned about its ad business in a hearing on September 15, 2020, with a particular focus expected on whether it misused its dominance in online advertising to drive profits. Source: Reuters, September 15, 2020.
  • China is preparing to launch an antitrust probe into Alphabet Google, looking into allegations it has leveraged the dominance of its Android mobile operating system to stifle competition. Source: Reuters, September 30, 2020.
  • The U.S. Justice Department is expected to sue Alphabet’s Google as soon as the first week of October 202o, and is currently urging state attorneys general to sign onto the lawsuit. Source: Reuters, September 29, 2020.
  • The U.S. Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet Inc’s Google on October 20, 2020, accusing the company of illegally using its market power to fend off rivals and said nothing was off the table, including a breakup of the internet search and advertising company. Source: Reuters, October 20, 2020.
  • Alphabet’s Google said the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against the company was “deeply flawed” and that users would find it more difficult to access superior search tools and affordable smartphones if the government wins its case. Source: Reuters, October 20, 2020.
  • Alphabet’s Google must respond to the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit by December 19, 2020, according to a court filing. Source: Reuters, October 23, 2020.
  • A group of 165 companies and industry bodies have called on EU antitrust enforcers to take a tougher line against Google, saying the U.S. tech giant unfairly favours its own services on its web searches. Source: Reuters, November 12, 2020.
  • Google faces fresh regulatory scrutiny in Britain over plans to revamp its ad data system, after a group of competitors complained to regulators that the changes would cement the U.S. tech giant’s online dominance. Source: Reuters, November 23, 2020.
  • The National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint  accusing Google of unlawfully monitoring and questioning several workers who were then fired for protesting against company policies and trying to organize a union. Source: Reuters, December 2, 2020.
  • A top Google scientist on ethical artificial intelligence says she was fired after criticizing the company’s diversity efforts, a claim the Alphabet Inc unit disputed, in the latest brush-up between the internet giant and worker activists. Source: Reuters, December 3, 2020.
  • Google and digital advertising firms are the targets of fresh privacy complaints filed in six EU countries over the way they sell ads to potential advertisers through a bidding process. Source: Reuters, December 10, 2020.
  • France’s data privacy watchdog has handed out its biggest ever fine of 100 million euros ($121 million) to Google for breaching the country’s rules on online advertising trackers (cookies). Source: Reuters, December 10, 2020.
  • Texas and nine other states sued Google, accusing it of working with Facebook in an unlawful manner that violated antitrust law to boost its already-dominant online advertising business. Source: Reuters, December 16, 2020.
  • Facebook and Google agreed to “cooperate and assist one another” if they ever faced an investigation into their pact to work together in online advertising, according to an unredacted version of a lawsuit filed by 10 states against Google last week. Source: The Wall Street Journal, December 22, 2020.
  • Google said it would block its search engine in Australia if the government proceeds with a new code that would force Google and Facebook to pay media companies for the right to use their content. Source: Reuters, January 21, 2021.
  • Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai will hold a video-conference call with EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager on January 25, 2021, according to a European Commission schedule published on January 22, 2021. Source: Reuters, January 22, 2021.
  • Australia claimed an early win in a protracted licensing battle with Google as media companies lined up to announce content deals with the internet giant that were reportedly far more lucrative than their global rivals. Source: Reuters, February 17, 2021.

India: Amazon documents reveal the company’s secret strategy to dodge India’s regulators. Source: Reuters, February 17, 2021.


Italy: Multiple updates…

  • Italy’s antitrust authority has opened an inquiry into Google, Apple and Dropbox over cloud computing services. Source: Reuters, September 7, 2020.
  • Italy’s antitrust authority is investigating Alphabet’s Google for alleged abuse of its dominant position in the Italian online display advertising market. Source: Reuters, October 28. 2020.
  • Apple faces an Italian class-action lawsuit seeking compensation over misleading claims about the battery life of older iPhones. Source: Bloomberg, January 25, 2021.
  • Italy’s competition watchdog has fined Facebook 7 million euros ($8.5 million) for not complying with a request to correct improper commercial practices in its treatment of user data. Source: Reuters, February 16, 2021.

Japan: Japan will join forces with the United States and Europe to take on any market abuses by the four Big Tech companies, the new head of its antitrust watchdog said, a sign Tokyo will join global efforts to regulate digital platform operators. Source: Reuters, October 19, 2020.


Microsoft: Microsoft may find itself in EU antitrust regulators’ crosshairs yet again after U.S. workspace messaging app Slack Technologies complained about the company embedding its workplace chat and video app Teams in its Office product. Source: Reuters, July 22, 2020.


Netflix: Technology firms’ compliance with European restrictions on transatlantic data transfers is shockingly poor, Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems said, publishing a survey here of companies including Facebook and Netflix. Source: Reuters, September 28, 2020.


Spain: Amazon will raise fees for Spanish companies using its platform by 3% from April after the government imposed a digital tax, a company document reveals. Source: Reuters, January 22, 2021.



United Kingdom: Multiple updates…

  • Facebook is facing a second London High Court class action over allegations it failed to protect the personal details of about one million people in England and Wales, in the latest lawsuit to spring from a scandal over data harvesting. Source: Reuters, February 9, 2021.
  • Britain’s competition regulator has opened an investigation into Apple after complaints that the iPhone maker’s terms and conditions for app developers are unfair and anti-competitive. The probe will consider if Apple has a dominant position in the distribution of apps on its devices in the UK, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said. Source: Reuters, March 4, 2021.

United States: Multiple updates…

  • A much-anticipated deep dive into antitrust allegations against four of America’s largest tech companies — Facebook, Amazon.com, Google parent Alphabet, and Apple — and recommendations on how to tame their market power could be released by late summer or early fall from the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel, senior committee aides said. Source: Reuters, July 24, 2020.
  • A U.S. congressional hearing scheduled for this week to question the chief executives of Facebook, Amazon.com, Google parent Alphabet, and Apple has been officially delayed, the Judiciary Committee said on July 24. Source: Reuters, July 24, 2020.
  • The biggest U.S. technology companies have gone on a buying spree this year, waving off intense scrutiny from competition watchdogs and critics who say they’ve bolstered their power by snatching up nascent rivals. The number of acquisitions by the five largest companies — Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc., and Microsoft Corp. — came at the fastest pace through June since 2015, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Source: Bloomberg, July 27, 2020.
  • Republican Senator Josh Hawley introduced legislation that would penalize large tech companies that sell or show targeted advertisements by threatening a legal immunity enjoyed by the industry – the latest onslaught on Big Tech’s business practices. Source: Reuters, July 28, 2020.
  • Here’s a transcript of what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos plans to tell the U.S. House of Representatives. And here’s a transcript of what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to tell the committee. Bezos and Zuckerberg are appearing at a congressional hearing about Big Tech and antitrust concerns. Source: ChannelE2E, July 29, 2020.
  • Google and Facebook took particularly sharp jabs for alleged abuse of their market power from Democrats and Republicans in a much-anticipated congressional hearing that put four of America’s most prominent tech CEOs in the hot seat. Source: Reuters, July 29, 2020.
  • Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg stumbled at a congressional hearing on alleged abuse of market power, as lawmakers confronted the social media titan with damaging internal emails about the company’s acquisitions. Source: Reuters, July 29, 2020.
  • As Apple and Amazon.com worked toward a high-profile distribution deal at least a couple of years ago, one proposal on the table was for Apple to have “competing ads removed from search” results on Amazon, according to documents released from a U.S. House of Representatives investigation. Source: Reuters, July 29, 2020.
  • The chief executives of Amazon.com, Facebook, Apple and Alphabet’s Google faced relentless criticism at a congressional hearing, with Democrats and Republicans alike challenging their business practices over more than five contentious hours. Source: The Wall Street Journal, July 29, 2020.
  • The U.S. Justice Department is moving “full-tilt” on its antitrust investigation of Alphabet Inc’s Google and other Big Tech platforms. Source: Reuters, August 13, 2020.
  • Silicon Valley has a potential ally in Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s running mate in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Harris is a California senator who has strong ties to executives behind the nation’s technology giants and has been largely silent about the antitrust issues currently plaguing them. Source: The Wall Street Journal, August 13, 2020.
  • Tech executives and venture capitalists have high hopes Sen. Kamala Harris — Joe Biden’s running mate == will bring a moderate touch to those conversations and to regulating large and small businesses alike. Source: The Wall Street Journal, August 13, 2020.
  • Some Justice Department staffers have expressed internal concerns over plans to bring an antitrust lawsuit against Google —and what they view as an aggressive timeline favored by Attorney General William Barr. Source: The Wall Street Journal, August 17, 2020.
  • Two progressive Democrats tweeted support for legal action against tech giants who break the law, in a rare instance of agreement with the Republican administration amid a polarized political environment. Senator Elizabeth Warren, long a critic of Big Tech, tweeted that Google “uses its size to bully competitors.” Also, the Federal Trade Commission’s Rohit Chopra, a Democratic commissioner, tweeted support for the investigations into “tech titans,” but did not name Google. Source: Reuters, September 11, 2020.
  • Democratic lawmakers are expected to call on Congress to blunt the power of big technology companies, possibly through forced separation of online platforms, as a House panel concludes its Big Tech probe. The report follows the committee’s collection of more than one million documents from Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Alphabet’s Google. Source: The Wall Street Journal, September 30, 2020.
  • The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee is expected to release a much-anticipated report into antitrust allegations against four of America’s largest tech companies as soon as October 5, 2020. The report will focus on Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Alphabet’s Google. Source: Reuters, September 29, 2020.
  • The U.S. House of Representatives antitrust report on Big Tech firms contains a “thinly veiled call to break up” the companies. The House antitrust subcommittee is expected to publish its report this week on Amazon.com, Apple, Facebook and Google owner Alphabet. Source: Reuters, October 5, 2020.
  • The U.S. Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet Inc’s Google on October 20, 2020, accusing the company of illegally using its market power to fend off rivals and said nothing was off the table, including a breakup of the internet search and advertising company. Source: Reuters, October 20, 2020.
  • Senator Marsha Blackburn, a Republican and a tough critic of the big tech companies, urged the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday to interview some former employees of Facebook as part of its probe of the social media giant. Both the FTC and groups of state attorneys general are widely believed to be planning litigation against Facebook for breaking antitrust law. Source: Reuters, November 12, 2020.
  • The U.S. Justice Department accused Facebook of discriminating against U.S. workers, saying in a new lawsuit the social media giant has given hiring preferences to temporary workers, including those who hold H-1B visas. Source: Reuters, December 3, 2020.
  • Facebook could be forced to sell WhatsApp and Instagram after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and nearly every U.S. state filed lawsuits against the social media company. The lawsuits claim Facebook used a “buy or bury” strategy to snap up rivals and keep smaller competitors at bay. Source: Reuters, December 9, 2020.
  • Texas and nine other states sued Google, accusing it of working with Facebook in an unlawful manner that violated antitrust law to boost its already-dominant online advertising business. Source: Reuters, December 16, 2020.
  • Facebook and Google agreed to “cooperate and assist one another” if they ever faced an investigation into their pact to work together in online advertising, according to an unredacted version of a lawsuit filed by 10 states against Google last week. Source: The Wall Street Journal, December 22, 2020.
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar has unveiled a plan for how Congress could update antitrust laws to give enforcers better odds and more ammunition for taking on Big Tech and other industries dominated by a handful of mega-corporations. Source: Axios, February 4, 2021.
  • Congressional Democrats have begun discussions with the White House on ways to crack down on Big Tech including making social media companies accountable for the spread of disinformation on matters such as the U.S. Capitol riot and addressing the abuse of market power to harm corporate rivals. Source: Reuters, February 17, 2021.
  • Bipartisan members of Congress plan to introduce a bill in coming weeks to make it easier for smaller news organizations to negotiate with Big Tech platforms, said Rep. Ken Buck, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel. Source: Reuters, February 19, 2021.

Note: Blog originally published July 27, 2020. Updated regularly thereafter.

 

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    Volker:

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