The Bay Area Newsgroup reports:
Political momentum for a crackdown on Silicon Valley’s social media giants got a boost this week when a state attorney general said he would tell U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions next week that Google, Facebook and Twitter should be broken up. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry wants the federal government to do to the social media firms what it did to Standard Oil in 1911, according to a Louisiana newspaper report Tuesday… “This can’t be fixed legislatively,” Landry told the paper. “We need to go to court with an antitrust suit.” He or another high official from his office will next week present the break-up proposal to Sessions… Landry, president of the National Association of Attorneys General, had spent months with his colleagues probing what they described as anti-competitive practices by Facebook, Google and Twitter, according to the paper.
On Friday, Bloomberg reported it had obtained a draft of a potential White House executive order that asks certain government agencies to recommend actions that would “protect competition among online platforms and address online platform bias.” The order, reportedly in its preliminary stages, asks US antitrust authorities to “thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust laws.”
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