BISMARCK — Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Monday, Sept. 9, North Dakota is among the 50 states and territories participating in an investigation of Google's business practices.

The probe, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, will investigate "whether Google’s dominance in online search traffic and advertising markets is a result of anti-competitive behavior that harms consumers," according to a news release.

“Google’s control and flow of information is something that significantly affects all of us in our everyday lives, and this investigation will address any harmful conduct by Google as a result of any inappropriate actions or violation of free market competition,” Stenehjem said in a statement.

Alabama and California are the only states that haven't signed on to the effort, according to the Washington Post.

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