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Wisconsin Attorney General Kaul Joins Multistate Facebook Investigation

Probe Was Announced Last Month

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This July 16, 2013 file photo shows a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Ben Margot/AP Photo

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul has joined a multistate coalition of attorneys general investigating Facebook over antitrust issues.

The group includes attorneys general from Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, the District of Columbia, and the territory of Guam.

The probe was announced last month. Kaul said Tuesday that he was joining it.

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