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The Big Tech Breakup Conversation

State and federal officials are exploring antitrust actions against Google and others. They’re short on consensus

Last September, Jeff Sessions, then the U.S. attorney general, called a meeting of state attorneys general to discuss his suspicions that Google and Facebook were suppressing conservative views. After hearing him out, the state officials argued that the real problem was Silicon Valley’s market power and its handling of personal data, and they made the case for aggressive antitrust action, according to three people familiar with the event who spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were private.

Concern about Big Tech had already been mounting in statehouses, but Sessions’s face-to-face meeting created its own momentum. During the meeting, Makan Delrahim, the head of the

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