AG Hill going after Facebook for possible antitrust violations

This March 29, 2018 file photo shows the Facebook logo on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Indiana's attorney general is joining other states in an investigation into Facebook over possible antitrust violations.

Hill claims a social media company might be able to charge higher prices for advertising if it successfully thwarts competitors from gaining a foothold in the marketplace.

“To protect consumers and the free market, we must promote conditions under which all entities may compete on a level playing field in accordance with the rule of law,” Attorney General Hill said.

Hill points out they still have to determine if Facebook has engaged in anti-competitive behavior or violated any state or federal laws.

The multistate investigation is also looking into whether Facebook has compromised consumers’ personal data and privacy.

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