The Post first reported on the state's interest in participating in the investigation. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The state investigation into Facebook reflects growing national unrest with the size and power of Silicon Valley amid growing fears that the nation's largest technology companies are acting in ways that harm rivals or result in higher prices or poorer services for consumers.
Earlier this year, Attorney General General opened a similar bipartisan probe from Google, an investigation that centers on its advertising practices and could easily be expanded to cover other elements of the company's business, officials have said. In Washington, however, federal antitrust authorities have divided Silicon Valley for further control. The Justice Department is investigating Facebook and Google while the Federal Trade Commission has begun investigating Facebook and Amazon, sources said.
With the Facebook State Zone, concerns span the entire spectrum of the sprawling digital empire, including its previous struggles to protect consumer data and the pre-acquisition of two competitors, Instagram and WhatsApp. Originally, New York launched its probe with seven other states and DC
“Given Facebook's unprecedented influence in so many sectors of the economy and political process, this bipartisan coalition of lawyers is generally committed to ensuring that Facebook complies with the law and meets its commitments, "said Mark Herring, Virginia's Democratic Attorney General, one of the 47 officials now participating in the probe.
" By working together, the attorney general's office ensures digital platforms that respect consumer privacy and do not engage in anti-competitive behavior , "Added Arizona State Attorney Mark Brnovich (R) to.