Oklahoma AG Considers Google Probe; Cites Concern for Consumers and Competition
According to Bloomberg, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is considering a probe of Google’s search dominance and its effect on consumers and competition.
Specifically, Pruitt highlighted concern over Google’s “practices and dominance of Internet searches as well as their treatment and placement of proprietary content from other websites” in search results.
But it’s not just Oklahoma. A spokesperson for Pruitt commented that “more than likely there will be a multi-state effort.” Pruitt stated that he’d be reaching out to other state and federal officials who have similar concerns.
Pruitt isn’t the only AG considering an investigation. Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott is currently investigating Google. And, according to Bloomberg, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is also “evaluating the facts” of a potential antitrust probe into the search giant.