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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has launched an inquiry into the investments made by Microsoft, Amazon, and Google in the AI start-ups OpenAI and Anthropic. The FTC is investigating how these deals affect the competitive landscape and may inform future antitrust investigations.
Our study will shed light on whether investments and partnerships pursued by dominant companies risk distorting innovation and undermining fair competition, Lina Khan, the F.T.C. chair, said in a statement.
This inquiry by the FTC marks the first major effort to understand how tech giants are using partnerships and investments to rapidly expand their influence in the AI sector. The FTC will examine the influence and decision-making dynamics between the companies involved and demand internal documents that shed light on the potential impact on competition.
The F.T.C.'s inquiry will examine how these investment deals alter the competitive landscape and could inform any investigations by federal antitrust regulators into whether the deals have broken laws.