“Don’t be evil” is Google’s informal motto. Since the FTC is launching a major anti-trust probe of the company, according to the WSJ, we may find out how true it is.
The FTC’s preparations to subpoena Google are the first concrete signal that its commissioners have decided there is enough evidence to move forward with a formal investigation. The FTC’s probe is expected to take a year or more to unfold. Though the outcome is uncertain, the agency fought hard with the Justice Department to handle the case, said people familiar with the investigation, and so is thought to be unlikely to walk away without taking any action. The FTC and Justice Department share responsibility for enforcing federal antitrust laws.