US Attorneys General Discuss Social Media Privacy Concerns

By MICHAEL BALSAMO

WASHINGTON (AP) — A meeting between top state law enforcement officials and Attorney General Jeff Sessions about how the government can safeguard the privacy of social media users ended without a decision on whether to investigate.

Tuesday’s gathering at the Justice Department was scheduled to discuss whether tech giants are “stifling the free exchange of ideas” and examine whether they “may be hurting competition.”

But California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says the one-hour meeting mainly focused on consumer protection and data privacy issues.

Attorneys general from Alabama, California, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, Tennessee, Utah and Washington, D.C. attended. Five other states sent senior deputies.

The Justice Department says it will review the “insight” shared by the attorneys general and expects conversations on the topic to continue.

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