Facebook and Google Team Up Against Possible Antitrust Action

US tech giants Google and Facebook agreed to “cooperate and assist one another” in case of an investigation into their pact to work together in online advertising.

US tech giants Google and Facebook agreed to “cooperate and assist one another” in case of an investigation into their pact to work together in online advertising.

According to a Wall Street Journal Tuesday report, both companies agreed to take this step last week in order to protect themselves from the probes. The newspaper cited an unredacted version of a lawsuit filed by 10 states against Google last week.

The states had accused the search giant of working with Facebook in an unlawful manner that violated antitrust law to boost its already-dominant online advertising business.

In the report, the Journal said that the lawsuit explained how Google and Facebook were aware that their agreement could trigger antitrust investigations and discussed how to deal with them. A Google spokesperson told the newspaper that such agreements over antitrust threats are quite common.

The unredacted draft version of the lawsuit, which the newspaper said it reviewed, also pointed out that Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg signed the deal with Google.


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