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Trump DOJ Escalates Big Tech Scrutiny With New Antitrust Probe

July 23, 2019, 9:16 PMUpdated: July 24, 2019, 1:30 PM

The Justice Department said it’s investigating whether dominant technology companies are thwarting competition in their markets, stepping up scrutiny of the industry’s biggest names as they come under fire in Washington.

The department’s antitrust division disclosed plans July 23 to scrutinize tech platforms following mounting criticism across Washington that the companies have become too big and too powerful. The department didn’t specify which firms it would look at but strongly suggested Facebook Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Amazon.com Inc. are in the cross-hairs.

“The history of these DOJ investigations is that they kill the company that they investigate” as the...

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