Jun 4, 2019
Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon face US anti-trust probe
The US government is to take a fresh look at how the four tech giants Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon wield their power. US President Donald Trump has called for closer scrutiny of Google and social media firms, accusing them of suppressing conservative voices. He has also criticised Amazon for taking advantage of the US Postal Service. The FTC is already investigating Facebook over the Cambridge Analytica scandal with the social network bracing itself for fines of up to $5bn. Google has also been scrutinised by the FTC and was fined 1.5bn euros in March for abusing its dominant position in online search advertising. Apple is also the subject of an EU investigation following a complaint from streaming music provider Spotify that it abuses its power over app downloads.
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