Earlier today Senator Orrin Hatch called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to open a new antitrust investigation of Google in a letter to FTC Chairman Joseph Simons. Hatch is the latest legislator to do so.
Combined with other events, Hatch’s request suggests that sentiments in legislative and regulatory circles may be turning against Google specifically, and big technology companies in general. Google parent Alphabet has been hit with two multi-billion dollar antitrust fines in Europe in the context of shopping search and its Android agreements with phone makers. These developments have provided additional support to critics who believe Google needs to be investigated.
There’s also a sense, in some quarters, that a small number of big technology companies, including Google, wield too much influence over the digital economy.