2020-05-17 01:24:54 UTC
*On Saturday, Trump said in his tweet: 'The Radical Left is in total command &
control of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google'
*He added: 'The Administration is working to remedy this illegal situation. Stay
tuned, and send names & events'
*Trump has regularly blasted Twitter, accusing the social media platform along
with Facebook and Google of political bias against conservatives
*There is no evidence to suggest that right-wing pages are being targeted by
*In July, he called on Congress to pass legislation that would clamp down on the
firms and said Twitter should be fined for engaging in 'possible illegal'
*On Friday it emerged that federal and state regulators in the U.S. are
preparing to file antitrust lawsuits
*They allege the company has abused its dominance of online search and
advertising to stifle competition and boost its profits.
President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to slam popular social media
platforms for being controlled by 'the radical left.'
Trump launched into his tirade on Saturday morning while sharing a video of a
speech given by Michelle Malkin - a right-wing conspiracy theorist who has
previously questioned the number of people who have died in the Holocaust.
'The Radical Left is in total command & control of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
and Google,' Trump said in his tweet. 'The Administration is working to remedy
this illegal situation. Stay tuned, and send names & events. Thank you
Trump's tweet came after it emerged that federal and state regulators in the
U.S. are preparing to file antitrust lawsuits alleging Google has abused its
dominance of online search and advertising to stifle competition and and boost
According to a report published in The Wall Street Journal on Friday, the
upcoming offensive is being made by the U.S. Justice Department and the
attorneys general from several states.
The Justice Department may file its case as early as this summer while Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton may take action in the fall, along with his peers in
other states, according to the Journal.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr has previously said he hoped to decide
whether to pursue an antitrust case against Google by the summer. Texas and
other states announced they were looking into Google's business practices last
Google acknowledged it has ongoing discussions with the Justice Department and
Paxton without elaborating on the nature of the talks.
'Our focus is firmly on providing services that help consumers, support
thousands of businesses, and enable increased choice and competition,' the
company said in a statement.
This isn't the first time Google has been thrust under the microscope of
antitrust in the U.S.
The Federal Trade Commission closed an extensive investigation into Google's
alleged abuses in 2013 without taking any action because it concluded the
Mountain View, California, company wasn't hurting consumers
Since then, Google has grown even more powerful under the umbrella of the
corporate parent, Alphabet, that it spawned in five years ago.
When the FTC closed its case, Google was generating annual revenue of $50
Last year, earned Alphabet raked in $162 billion in revenue.
Most of the money comes from a digital ad market that Google dominates along
with social networking rival Facebook - another potential target of antitrust
There has been no word, though, on whether Facebook might be sued.
Some critics have pointed to Facebook's acquisition of Instagram and WhatsApp,
for example, as deals that should be questioned.
The popular messaging services are among some 70 companies that Facebook has
acquired over the past 15 years or so, giving it what critics say is massive
market power that has enabled it to snuff out competition.
On Thursday, it emerged that Facebook has created a 'privacy committee' on its
board of directors as part of the company's $5billion settlement with the
Federal Trade Commission following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.