Wisconsin AG joins investigation into Facebook

Metro Wire Staff

Josh Kaul on Tuesday announced he has joined a group of 46 other attorneys general in an investigation into Facebook over antitrust issues.

The coalition is comprised of attorneys general from 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam. New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the probe in September.

Critics say Facebook can “squash competitors either by buying them or mimicking their services, reducing options for consumers looking for comparable services that do less tracking for targeted advertising,” according to the press release.

The attorneys general say they are concerned Facebook may have “put consumer data at risk, reduced the quality of consumers’ choices, and increased the price of advertising.”

“When competition is blocked, innovation can be stifled and consumers are harmed,” Kaul said. “Facebook, like every other company, must comply with our antitrust laws, and this investigation is looking into whether it has. No one is above the law.”