The state-level investigation into Facebook led by New York’s attorney general now includes 47 states, New York AG Letitia James said Tuesday. The involvement of nearly every state in the U.S. adds heft to a probe looking into potential antitrust violations by Facebook.
The attorneys general of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and the District of Columbia joined. Facebook is also being investigated by the Justice Department, the Federal Trade Commission and Congress. Google, meanwhile, is dealing with a state attorneys general investigation into antitrust, largely focused on advertising, with all but two U.S. AGs signed on.
While federal investigations drag on, tech observers may see action at the state level more quickly and aggressively.