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Google could be facing major probe from Justice Department

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Google could be facing major probe from Justice Department

Google could be facing major probe from Justice Department

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration's Justice Department is preparing to open an antitrust investigation into Google, according to the Wall Street Journal.

According to Bloomberg, the move comes after the Justice Department reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission on who gets to put the screws to the tech juggernaut.

According to two anonymous sources familiar with the matter, the probe would fall to the department's antitrust division.

According to Bloomberg, American antitrust officials are coming under increasing pressure from bipartisan lawmakers and advocates for tougher enforcement of tech giants like Google and Facebook.

The FTC, earlier this year, set up a task force to look at the conduct of tech companies and their past mergers.

Trump along with other Republicans have often complained that Facebook, Google and Twitter suppress conservative views.

Bloomberg reported that one area the DOJ probe will insert itself in is Google's control over the digital advertising market.

According to eMarketer, Google has a strangle on 37 percent of the U.S. digital ad market, and Facebook is number two with 22 percent.

According to the New York Times, political leaders and consumer advocacy groups have criticized U.S. regulators for dragging their feet against monster tech companies.

The New York Times reported that, Google, Facebook and Amazon have faced some hefty penalties from a bunch of European regulators for antitrust and privacy issues.

In the meantime, save yourself the headache and just use the most sophisticated and lighting quickest search engine to ever exist—Internet Explorer.

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