Ohio Senate To Hold Hearings On Facebook, Google

Sep 19, 2019

Ohio Attorney General David Yost
Credit Ohio Public Radio

The Ohio Senate plans to hold three hearings in Cleveland and Cincinnati next month to gather input on how the broad reach of Facebook and Google impacts average Ohioans.

Feedback will guide lawmakers as they review Ohio's antitrust laws.  Congress, the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission also are investigating. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports. 

Attorney General Dave Yost has joined with eight other AGs to investigate antitrust actions by those tech giants. He says though that usually happens when companies get so big they drive up costs, in this case the service is free….but users are paying by giving up valuable data that Facebook and Google sell.


“The consumers, Bill and Betty Buckeye, I would suggest to you are not the consumers. They are the product.”


Yost and top lawmakers want hearings for Ohioans to share how they feel their privacy and security has been compromised. That information could be used to craft the state’s role in the federal investigation.