CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on 'Facebook: Transparency and Use of Consumer Data' on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 11 April 2018. Zuckerberg is testifying before the second of two Congressional hearings this week regarding Facebook allowing third-party applications to collect the data of its users without their permission and for the company's response to Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House of Representatives House Energy and Commerce Committee, Washington, USA - 11 Apr 2018

Attorneys general across nine states are launching antitrust probes into Facebook, New York attorney general Letitia James announced Friday.

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.

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