Google could soon find itself in another antitrust probe. The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday evening that the Department of Justice in the United States is preparing an antitrust investigation against the search engine giant.
Following WSJ’s report, The New York Times reported that a new antitrust task force at the FTC has referred complaints about Google to the DOJ, leading to the Justice Department preparing a new antitrust investigation against the company.
The latest antitrust probe against Google focuses on the company’s advertising and search business, which is how it makes most of its money.
This wouldn’t be the first time Google has faced an antitrust investigation from the U.S. government. Back in 2013, the company reached a settlement with the FTC the commission raised concerns about Google’s abuse of power in the market. This would, however, be the first antitrust case against a big tech company during the Trump admission. With the recent calls to break up big tech companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft, this new antitrust case against Google could be crucial for some in the 2020 presidential run.
The United States isn’t the only place Google is being investigated, however. Google is being investigated in Ireland over suspected infringement of the GDPR privacy laws, and it was only hit with a $5 billion antitrust fine over Android back in 2018.