U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is set to meet with state attorneys general later this month in order to talk about the concerns that the tech companies “might be hurting competition and intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas on their platforms,” the Department of Justice stated on Wednesday, CNBC informed.
This meeting is a proof of potential antitrust action against Silicon Valley and it goes back to recent claims of President Donald Trump who accused social media firms of political bias and censorship.
In a statement Trump warned Facebook, Twitter and Google that they need to be careful as they are on a very troubled territory. He accused the companies without providing any evidence of the so-called antitrust behavior.
It is still not clear whether the Justice Department would continue reviewing these tech companies for competition and bias when Sessions will no longer be part of the Trump administration. There was a slight misunderstanding between the President and the attorney general in recent months, but Trump confirmed that Sessions will remain in his post until at least November.
Republicans and notable conservatives have claimed for months that social platforms were dampening their online reach. In July, Trump accused Twitter of silencing Republican voices and vowed to “look into this discriminatory and illegal practice.”