The U.S. states that are investigating Google for antitrust violations are leaning towards breaking up the firm, CNBC reports. The resulting breakup would split the firm’s advertising business away from the rest of the company.
There are 50 state attorneys general investigating Google alongside a separate U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation, and it’s possible that the two will charge the company together. But either way, Google is expected to face U.S. antitrust charges within a few months.
According to the CNBC report, the states are currently weighing several options to punish Google for its abuses, including behavioral changes and some combination of behavior and structural changes. But the leading option, right now, appears to be breaking up the firm...