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The US Justice Department is now opening up its own investigation into Facebook

That’s four antitrust investigations in the dogpile now…

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Facebook is about to face an antitrust investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), according to Reuters. This will make it the fourth concurrent antitrust investigation into the social media conglomerate from the U.S. alone.

That joins probes from the Federal Trade Commission, the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, and a coalition of state attorneys general.

The U.S. Department of Justice is about to launch its own antitrust investigation into Facebook

We don’t know yet the focus of the DOJ investigation, although an earlier statement mentioned concerns raised over “search, social media, and some retail services online.”

It’s likely that the DOJ will also be looking into Facebook’s acquisitions, much like the existing FTC probe. The social giant has bought some 90 companies since 2003, according to S&P Global.

The other U.S. antitrust investigations into Facebook are:

While other “big tech” companies are getting similar probes, Facebook appears to be the most affected. That’s likely down to the way its platforms were used during the 2016 elections, meriting extra scrutiny from legislators.

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