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Missouri Joins Investigation Into Facebook

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Missouri is among 47 U.S. states forming a coalition aimed at investigating Facebook’s potential antitrust violations.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced his office’s participation in the multistate coalition Tuesday. The coalition plans to investigate whether Facebook has “harmed competition, raised prices for advertising, reduced the quality of consumer experiences, or misused consumer data,” according to a news release from Schmitt’s office.

“Even the biggest of the big tech companies should be held accountable, and that’s what we’re seeking to do with this investigation,” Schmitt said in a news release. “This coalition of attorneys general will investigate Facebook’s business practices to determine whether they engaged in anticompetitive behavior, put user data at risk, reduced consumer choice, and more.”

The investigation was launched by New York State Attorney General Letitia James in early September. Along with James, original participants were the attorneys general from Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and the District of Columbia.

To read more, visit our partners at the Columbia Missourian.