If there weren’t already signs that American regulators expect to crack down on tech giants, there are now. Washington Post sources said that the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission have carved out their competitive oversight of Amazon and Google, with the DOJ gaining “more jurisdiction” over Google and the FTC watching over Jeff Bezos’ outfit.
It wasn’t certain just what the agencies intended, although recent rumors had the DOJ prepping an antitrust probe for Google. These kinds of jurisdictional moves are frequently precedents to regulatory action.Both the DOJ and FTC have declined to comment on the rumor.
It wouldn’t be shocking to see action. The FTC created a task forceprecisely to investigate antitrust issues in the tech industry, and companies like Google have faced antitrust crackdowns in Europe. Whether or not anything happens in the near future, this could also serve as a warning to Amazon and Google — officials are wary of their behavior, and it might not take much to prompt formal investigations.