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Jeff Sessions to meet with state officials on concern tech companies ‘may be hurting competition’

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will meet with state attorneys general to discuss concerns that tech companies “may be hurting competition and intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas on their platforms,” the Department of Justice said in a statement Wednesday.

The proposed meeting between the country’s top prosecutor and state officials lends legitimacy to recent claims by President Donald Trump of political bias and censorship by major social firms.

Last month, Trump said Facebook, Twitter and Google were “treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful.”

The statement follows a Senate Intelligence hearing in which lawmakers commended Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for their willingness to address online election meddling.

Here’s the full statement from Justice Department spokesman Devin O’Malley:

“We listened to today’s Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Foreign Influence Operations’ Use of Social Media Platforms closely. The Attorney General has convened a meeting with a number of state attorneys general this month to discuss a growing concern that these companies may be hurting competition and intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas on their platforms.”

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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