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Google CEO Approved Illegal Ad Deal With Facebook, States Claim

Jan. 14, 2022, 8:05 PM

Sundar Pichai,chief executive officer of Google and its parent Alphabet Inc., personally approved what state attorneys general say was an illegal agreement with Facebook to manipulate the digital advertising market, according to a new court filing by the states.

Details of the CEO’s alleged signoff on the pact were revealed Friday in an amended antitrust complaint against Google filed by a coalition of states led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. The case, first filed in December 2020, accuses the company of abusing its power over the vast digital ecosystem where online ads are bought and sold. ...

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