The Department of Justice has fired the opening salvo in a battle with Google as it filed suit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. against the engine for antitrust violations today. The suit alleges that Google has abused its dominance, controlling 90% of online searches and advertising, under the guise of a social media platform while it holds a monopoly that stifles competition and promotes Democratic political party agendas.
“Google is the gateway to the internet and a search advertising behemoth,” U.S. Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen told reporters. “It has maintained its monopoly power through exclusionary practices that are harmful to competition.”
Google immediately tweeted: “Today’s lawsuit by the Department of Justice is deeply flawed. People use Google because they choose to—not because they’re forced to or because they can’t find alternatives.”
Big Tech lawsuits tend to move rapidly, so as not to lose the next wave of innovation, according to Rosen.
The antitrust action is the largest suit to be filed since the DOJ filed against Microsoft Corporation more than 20 years ago. Online speculation is that this action opens the gate for other ongoing investigations against major tech companies, such as Apple, Amazon, and Facebook.
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) October 20, 2020
The suit alleges that Google has spent billions of dollars to phone manufactures to ensure that Google is the default search engine on customers’ browsers.
Eleven states have decided to join in the lawsuit, including South Carolina where Google has a large data center. South Carolina state Attorney General Alan Wilson said that Googles actions are hurting South Carolina consumers and that the company’s actions have violated federal law.
“This affects every device that has access to the internet, from computers to cell phones,” Wilson said.
Consumers have held that, for some time, Google and its parent company, Alphabet, Inc. which has a market value of just over $1 trillion, are censoring conservative voices in favor of helping Democratic candidates get elected and bashing U.S. President Donald J. Trump.
The president has been a vocal critic of the platform giant, citing bias against conservative voices and suppressing viewpoints opposing socialism. He also charged that Google has interfered with U.S. elections, preferring to work with communist Chinese military instead of the Pentagon.
Google is expected to fight the government’s efforts to break its monopoly, forcing the formation of smaller companies, maintaining that the larger companies are beneficial to consumers.
The government charges that Google has established its position in several markets, buying up technologies that other businesses have developed. The search giant offers most of its services for free to prevent consumers from going elsewhere, in exchanges for users’ personal information that helps to sell advertising.
A House Judiciary subcommittee conducted a year-long investigation and concludes that Google does have market dominance. Google steadfastly holds that it does not force consumers to use its services.
The behemoth owns Chrome, the leading web browser; Android, the world’s largest smartphone operating system; as well as, the top video site in YouTube, to name a few.
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