The Post first reported the countries' interest in joining the investigation. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The statewide Facebook investigation reflects growing national concern about the size and strength of Silicon Valley amid growing fears that the country's biggest tech companies are acting in ways that hurt rivals or lead to higher prices or poor customer service.
Earlier this year, state attorneys discovered a similar bilateral probe from Google, an investigation that focuses on its advertising practices and can easily expand to include other elements of the company's business, officials said. In Washington, meanwhile, federal antitrust authorities have divided Silicon Valley for further scrutiny. The Justice Department is investigating Facebook and Google while the Federal Trade Commission has launched an investigation into Facebook and Amazon, sources say.
With a state poll on Facebook, concerns span the full gamut of his scattered digital empire, including past struggles. to protect consumer data and advance the acquisition of two competitors, Instagram and WhatsApp. Initially, New York launched its study with seven other states and DC
"Given the almost unprecedented influence of Facebook in so many sectors of the economy and the political process, this bipartisan coalition of advocates is generally committed to ensuring that Facebook complies with of the law. and carry out his duties, "said Mark Hering, Virginia's Attorney General, one of the 47 officials currently involved in the study. consumers, and don't engage in anti-competitive behavior, "added Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R).