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At least 40 states join the antitrust investigation against Facebook in the US

October 8, 2019

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (Reuters / EP) –

At least 40 states in the United States have joined the open investigation against the technology company Facebook on Monday to clarify whether their practices have been monopolistic.

Some states have expressed concern about the practices of technology companies such as Facebook, which could lead to an increase in advertising prices and expose consumer data to possible leaks.

On July 24, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) imposed fines of 5,000 and 100 million dollars (4,534 and 91 million euros), respectively in the case of Cambridge Analytica.

In this case, Facebook would have inappropriately shared information from millions of users with the Cambridge Analytica company. This British political consultant obtained without permission personal data of users of the social network founded by Mark Zuckerberg that were subsequently used to carry out political campaigns within the framework of the presidential elections that the United States held in 2016.