The US Department of Justice is about to start a competition investigation into Google, writes The Wall Street Journal based on anonymous sources.
Previously, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) did similar investigations into the company, but the FTC would now have agreed that the ministry should consider it. The ministry is said to have already contacted Google critics.
The research conducted by the FTC in 2013 had few real consequences for the company. Since then, however, the European Commission has imposed several record fines of several billion on the company for, among other things, impeding competing advertisers and favoring its own product comparator in the search results.
The company would also have required phone makers to purchase other Google services if they wanted to use Android.
It is not yet known exactly what the American research will focus on. The Wall Street Journal only writes that “the commercial practices regarding the search engine and other services” are examined.