Nevada among 47 states investigating Facebook

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no thumbs anymore down so thisAmericans don’t agree on much these days, but almost all of the nation’s attorneys general are on-board an investigation into Facebook. 

Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford announced Tuesday he’ll join the anti-trust probe into whether Facebook put consumer information at risk, limited choices for the public, or increased advertising prices.

“As your attorney general, your safety is my priority—be it on the streets or online,” Ford said in a news release.  “This investigation focuses on Facebook’s potential anticompetitive conduct as a tech giant, and should serve as a reminder that no business, however big or small, is above the law.  Nevada is pooling resources with other states to determine whether business practices have affected users.” 

In all, 47 states have joined the investigation initiated in September by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

Facebook agreed in July to pay a $5 billion fine as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, after the social media giant failed to abide by the terms of a 2012 consent order with the FTC, which alleged the company was not transparent with consumers about the extent of its data-sharing arrangements. 

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana is the mother of four adult children, three cats, three dogs and a cockatoo.

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