Google faces antitrust investigation in Missouri

SAN FRANCISCO: Missouri’s attorney general said on Monday his office would investigate whether Alphabet Inc’s Google violated the state’s consumer protection and antitrust laws.
Josh Hawley, a Republican seeking to unseat Democratic US Senator Claire McCaskill in next year’s elections, announced at a press conference that he issued an investigative subpoena to Google.
He expressed concern over the accuracy of the company’s privacy policy, allegations it misappropriated content from rivals and claims it demoted competitors’ websites in search results.
Google said it had not yet received the subpoena.
“However, we have strong privacy protections in place for our users and continue to operate in a highly competitive and dynamic environment,” spokesperson Andrea Faville said in a statement.
Google has come under growing scrutiny globally as it has become a top provider of online search, mobile software and advertising technology.
But formal investigations have reached varying results in the last seven years. — Reuters