Facebook and Google may be facing government scrutiny as antitrust investigations have officially been started against them. New York (NY) Attorney General Letitia James has confirmed that one of these companies is going to face scrutiny.
The one facing it is the more likely candidate Facebook. The investigation’s initiation was confirmed by the New York Attorney General. In a published statement, she stated that even the most ambitious of companies must bow down to the law and care for the people they provide for.
She said that it was a pleasure to be allowed to lead such a coalition in investigating whether Facebook is choking competition. Moreover, the investigation will confirm whether Facebook harms its users by compromising their data.
She then elucidated on her ambitions by stating that the investigative team will use every available asset to judge on Facebook’s actions. The main points of her investigation were whether Facebook compromised data, increased advertising price, or consumers’ choice.
The New York Attorney General will be joined by attorneys from various other states and the District of Columbia.
Libra is not the only thing pulling down on Facebook’s reputation
This is not the first time Facebook is under investigation by Government. The company has been involved in various issues, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Just recently, the company was alleged to have leaked the mobile phone numbers of more than four hundred million (419M) users.
Libra’s connection to Facebook’s investigation
Now, however, the issue is much greater as legislators feel threatened by its own cryptocurrency. Regulators both in the United States and across Europe do not seem to like Libra. Many regulators consider it a threat to global finance, while others believe that Facebook should not have access to any more user data.
The idea that Libra stirred trouble for Facebook may be true as various lawmakers started blasting Facebook after the announcement for Libra’s launch. They wanted Facebook to stop being too over-ambitious despite as the company already faces many issues with its social media platform.