Last month the Justice Department announced that it would launch an antitrust review of the tech giants to determine how they achieved market power on an online platform and whether they used power to reduce competition and hinder innovation. In February, the Federal Trade Commission set up a working group to monitor competition between technology platforms.
Reported that "more than a dozen" state prosecutors will meet with officials of the Ministry of Justice in July to discuss the investigation. The Ministry of Justice did not immediately respond to requests for comment. In its anti-trust testimony to the House Judicial Committee last month, Google said it had "helped lower prices and broadened the choices of consumers and businessmen". Facebook and Amazon declined to comment.
"The Ministry of Justice review will take into account the widespread concerns expressed by consumers, businesses and entrepreneurs about search, social media and some retail services on the Internet," the Ministry of Justice said on July 23.
American technology giants have also recently faced antitrust scrutiny in Russia, the European Union and Australia.