According to a report published today by Bloomberg, the White House has written up an Executive Order that calls for federal antitrust and law enforcement agencies to investigate several high profile tech companies including Alphabet division Google, Facebook, Twitter and other social media firms. All that is needed to make this happen is the signature of President Donald Trump. The Executive Order is in the preliminary stage and other government agencies have not yet taken a look at it.
falsely accusing Amazon of ripping off the U.S. Postal Service, tweeting that Apple needs to build U.S. based factories to prevent its products from getting taxed, and claiming that Twitter and other social media sites were preventing conservative voices from being heard. Just last month, the president said that Google rigged search engine results against him.Trump has had several feuds with the tech industry,
Bloomberg has seen the Executive Order and says that while it does not name any specific company, it requests that all federal antitrust agencies "thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust laws." It adds that "Because of their critical role in American society, it is essential that American citizens are protected from anti-competitive acts by dominant online platforms." These platforms have admitted that while trying to clean up online bullying and harassment, some posts from both the left and the right were inadvertently removed. But these social media sites say that there is no political bias on their part.
News of the possible Executive Order comes as Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to meet with state attorneys general on September 25th. The hearing is being held to discuss investigations of the tech industry handled by state law enforcement agencies.