WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Eight state attorneys general met on Thursday with U.S. Attorney General William Barr to discuss concerns about big tech companies, according to a statement from the Texas attorney general’s office.
The statement did not identify the other participants but said the group was bipartisan and discussions centered on “big tech companies stifling competition on the internet.”
“It was a productive meeting and we’re considering a range of possible antitrust actions against such companies,” the statement said.
The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday it was opening a broad investigation of major digital technology firms. While it did not identify them the agency appeared to reference Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) and Facebook Inc (FB.O), and potentially Apple Inc (AAPL.O).
Another of the states at the meeting was Mississippi, a source said privately. An official from Louisiana was also at the meeting, Politico reported.