Amazon, Facebook and Google are all looking at antitrust violations, Trump says

Amazon, Facebook and Google are all looking at antitrust violations, Trump says

Silicon Valley giants for potential violations of antitrust law, according to President Trump, in his latest criticism of the embattled tech industry.

"I'm in charge," he said in an interview with Axios that aired Sunday on HBO. "I am definitely in charge, and we are certainly looking at it."

Trump said: "All three" – related to Amazon.com, Facebook and Google.

(Amazon chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos also owns The Washington Post.)

For months, the government has been antitrust lawsuits.

Trump claimed in the interview that a previous administration had been considered breaking up key players in the tech industry. But there was no antitrust violation – and did not weigh a break up.

Some, such as Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), have called on the FTC to reopen its probe into Google.

In September, the Justice Department held a meeting with state attorneys general to discuss whether any conduct by the tech companies could have violated antitrust law. State officials have taken the banner, opening the door to a multistate inquiry. But these discussions are still in their early stages.

Trump's own antitrust chief at the Justice Department, Makan Delrahim, has questioned whether there are enough economic evidence to prove that the tech companies are harming competition or innovation.

The Federal Trade Commission has made this case on the matter, although it does not like it.

The European Union has proved more aggressive than U.S. regulators. In recent months, European antitrust officials have slipped Google with a $ 5 billion fine for marketing its own apps in an allegedly anticompetitive fashion, prompting Google to stop bundling its browser and search engine with the Google Play store in Europe. The E.U.'s competition regulator has also targeted Apple for alleged tax evasion and Facebook for providing "misleading" information about its deal to purchase WhatsApp.

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