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FTC will examine tech platforms as part of competition review

FTC chairman Joe Simons in a suit
FTC Chairman Joe Simons. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Federal Trade Commission will examine the questions surrounding powerful tech platforms like Google and Facebook as part of a review of consumer and competition policy issues beginning later this year.

Why it matters: Hearings into these issues, announced by FTC Chairman Joe Simons on Wednesday, could help frame the agency’s actions with regards to tech going forward.