German anti-trust office opens probe into online advertising

Concerns expressed about Google and Facebook’s ‘significant’ market position

Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

 

Germany’s anti-trust regulator said on Thursday it was opening an investigation into online advertising, noting concerns expressed by market players about the “significant” market position of US platforms Google and Facebook.

The probe by the Federal Cartel Office opens a second front after it said in December that Facebook, the social network used by 2 billion people, had abused its dominant position to collect their personal data. - Reuters