AG Jeff Landry probing practices of big tech companies

WWL Newsroom
August 24, 2019 - 10:14 am

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is launching an antitrust probe of big tech companies. Landry says those companies may be stifling competition in the digital ad space, content suppression, and data mining of consumers.

“We could be talking about psychological manipulation on people in the way that they shop and whether or not big tech is driving them to products they don’t even want,” said Landry.

Landry says he has been ringing the alarm bell for about 18 months on the practices of big tech companies but says the cooperation from those companies is low.

“It kind of sounds like crickets on the other end.  We’re going to continue to move down the path that we’ve been moving down for the last 18 months in trying to come to some resolution to protect consumers.  I mean, this is a very dangerous space,” said Landry.

When asked what steps may be taken to discourage companies from nefarious practices, Landry says that is open for discussion.

“We could easily say that all options are on the table.  We’re not taking any options off the table,” said Landry.

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