The U.S. Department of Justice opened an antitrust investigation of major technology companies in the search for evidence that they have hurt competition, suppressed innovation, or otherwise harmed consumers.
Lawmakers and Democratic presidential candidates have called for stricter regulation or even breakups of the big tech companies.
But these big tech companies are a challenging target. Current interpretations of antitrust law don’t apply to companies offering inexpensive goods or free online services. It is important to note that the Justice Department did not name specific companies in its announcement.