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FTC opens inquiry into Big Tech AI investments

Posted on AllSides January 25th, 2024
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The Federal Trade Commission opened a broad new investigation of competition in the nascent AI industry by issuing orders to five key companies that they provide it with private information about their investment deals.

Why it matters: The inquiry, aimed at Alphabet/Google, Microsoft, Amazon, OpenAI and Anthropic, could lead to action by the regulator, which under chair Lina Khan has sought to pursue anti-monopoly measures in emerging tech markets.

What's happening: The FTC said in a statement that it "will scrutinize corporate partnerships and investments with AI providers to build...

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