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Saturday March 28th, 2020 4:08AM

The Latest: Facebook says it'll cooperate on antitrust probe

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on states investigation of Big Tech (all times local):

10:35 a.m.

Facebook says it plans to work constructively with state attorneys general who are launching an antitrust probe into the company.

Facebook's Will Castleberry, a vice president of state and local policy, said in a statement Friday that the company welcomes a conversation with policymakers about the competitive environment in which it operates.

New York Democratic Attorney General Letitia James announced the Facebook investigation Friday.

She says the probe would focus on Facebook's dominance and potential anticompetitive conduct.

Castleberry says people have multiple choices for every one of the services Facebook provides.

He also says that if Facebook were to stop innovating, people could easily leave the platform.

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8:55 a.m.

New York Attorney General Letitia James says a bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general is investigating Facebook for alleged antitrust issues.

The Democrat said Friday the probe will look into whether Facebook's actions endangered consumer data, reduced the quality of consumers' choices or increased the price of advertising.

Facebook had no immediate comment.

James said she is leading a coalition that includes the attorneys general of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and the District of Columbia.

The U.S. Justice Department announced in July that it was opening a sweeping antitrust investigation of Big Tech, though it did not name any specific companies. It said it was investigating whether online platforms have hurt competition, suppressed innovation or otherwise harmed consumers.

The House Judiciary Committee is also conducting an antitrust probe into Facebook, Amazon and Apple.

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