The bipartisan coalition includes attorneys general from Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and the District of Columbia. The group will be looking at the market power of the social media network.
“Even the largest social media platform in the world must follow the law and respect consumers. I am proud to be leading a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general in investigating whether Facebook has stifled competition and put users at risk,” said James, who vowed to use every investigative tool possible to see if Facebook endangered consumer data, reduced consumer choices or hiked up ad costs.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The states add another dimension to the scrutiny into Facebook, which has been facing intense pressure from federal authorities. The Federal Trade Commission, which has already fined the tech company $5 billion over its data privacy practices, continues to investigate the company over antitrust concerns.
The news follows another report of an investigation by more than 30 attorneys general into Google. Expected to be announced Monday, the probe — which reportedly has been under way for months — is being led by Texas attorney general Ken Paxton.
Although some of the state attorneys general are involved in both investigations, they will be conducted separately.