Google and Facebook are working together against antitrust measures
Google and Facebook are working together against antitrust measures

The Wall Street Journal reported that an investigation into the agreement between Facebook and Google to conduct joint internet ads has agreed to cooperate and support each other in the antitrust lawsuit.

The newspaper's report points to an unprocessed copy of the lawsuit filed against Google in ten states last week.

States accuse Google of partnering with Facebook in illegal ways in violation of antitrust laws to grow its dominant online advertising activity.

According to the report, Google and Facebook are aware in the lawsuit that their actions may lead to an antitrust investigation and have discussed how to handle it.

A Google spokesman told the newspaper: that such threatening antitrust agreements are widespread.

He added: The allegations in the lawsuit are inaccurate and it is completely wrong to believe that this is a secret deal, and we have been open to this partnership for many years.

The newspaper said it had reviewed the unedited draft of the process and said that Sherrill Sandberg (Sherrill Sandberg), Facebook's director of operations, signed the deal with Google.

The report noted that the draft also cited an email in which Sandberg Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives said it was strategically important.

Internal documents that were revised were mainly cited in the lawsuit. The document stipulated that the other party must promptly inform the other party of all government communications related to the agreement, and it stipulated that at least 20 antitrust laws were mentioned in the agreement. a word.

Ten Republican prosecutors led by Texas said the two companies reached an agreement in September 2018 that saw Facebook agree not to compete with Google's online advertising tools for special treatment. .

The secret deal is named after a character from the "Star Wars" series. The exact name in the revised version was publicly omitted from the process, but Jedi Blue is in the unedited version of The Wall Street Journal.

In the final version of the lawsuit, some other details were also removed, such as the so-called transaction value. According to reports, the draft revealed that Facebook considers the business relatively cheap compared to the direct competition.

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