Google and Facebook allegedy working together to combat antitrust lawsuits

A lawsuit claims Google and Facebook were planning to work together to combat any investigations into their online advertising relationship, an agreement where the two tech giants would attempt to fend off antitrust lawsuits by helping each other out.The lawsuit was jointly filed by attorneys general in ten states against Google on Wednesday, accusing Google of “engaging in market collusion to rig auctions” in online advertising. While that lawsuit was redacted, a draft version free from censorship reveals Google could have received some help from Facebook on the matter.The redacted draft version seen by The Wall Street Journal mentions a deal between Google and Facebook to “cooperate and assist one another” in the event either became part of an investigation over their online advertising businesses. The redacted sections refer to internal company documents, which went into more detail about the attorneys’ findings.Read more…
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