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Sessions Open to Probe of Social Media Giants, Sources Say

Chris Strohm, Jennifer Jacobs, David McLaughlin
Sessions Open to Probe of Social Media Giants, Sources Say

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is exploring a potential investigation of social media companies and will be briefed on Sept. 25 by Republican state attorneys general who are already examining the firms’ practices, according to two people familiar with the matter. The meeting -- which will include a representative of the Justice Department’s antitrust division -- is intended to help Sessions decide if there’s a federal case to be made against companies such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. for violating consumer-protection or antitrust laws, the people said.