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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s meeting with state attorneys general to discuss complaints against social media companies has been expanded to include Democrats, the Justice Department said on Thursday.
Sessions had planned to meet only with Republican officials for a Sept. 25 gathering in Washington to consider a possible investigation of the giant technology companies over privacy concerns and over accusations by prominent Republicans, including President Donald Trump, that they have suppressed conservative voices.
The Bloomberg report continued with the following:
Several Democratic attorneys general, expressing concerns that they were being left out of the Justice Department meeting, asked to be included.
“Following last week’s statement, the Justice Department received an increased level of interest from state attorneys general in attending the Sept. 25 meeting on tech companies, competition, and free exchange of ideas,” a Justice Department official, who asked not to be identified under department protocol, said in a statement.
“Today, the Justice Department formally sent invitations to a bipartisan group of 24 state attorneys general that expressed an interest in attending the meeting hosted by Attorney General Jeff Sessions,” the official said. “The meeting will take place here at the Department of Justice, and we look forward to having a robust dialogue with all attendees on the topic of social media platforms.”
The Sept. 25 briefing — which is also to include a representative of the Justice Department’s antitrust division — is intended to help Sessions decide if there’s a federal case to be made against companies such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. for violating consumer-protection or antitrust laws, people familiar with the matter have said. They asked not to be identified discussing the issue because of its sensitivity.
Jeff Sessions’s meeting with state attorneys general to discuss complaints against social media companies has been expanded to include Democrats, the Justice Department says https://t.co/p3bU7cxWto
— Bloomberg (@business) September 14, 2018
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering the investigation of social media giants, sources say pic.twitter.com/Gb6PoAjTTJ
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) September 12, 2018
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NEWS: AG Jeff Sessions is exploring a potential investigation of Google, Facebook and Twitter.
He’ll be briefed Sept. 25 by state attorneys general who are already examining the social media giants’ practices.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) September 11, 2018