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Big Tech's Bad Day

Discussion in 'Personal' started by artboyusa, Oct 20, 2020.

  1. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    U.S. says Google breakup may be needed to end violations of antitrust law

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet Inc’s Google on Tuesday, accusing the $1 trillion company of illegally using its market power to fend off rivals and said nothing was off the table, including a breakup of the internet search and advertising company.

    The lawsuit marks the biggest challenge by the United States to the growing power of tech companies in a generation, comparable to the lawsuit against Microsoft Corp filed in 1998 and the 1974 case against AT&T which led to the breakup of the Bell System.

    The complaint, which was joined by 11 states, says Google acted unlawfully to maintain its position in search and search advertising on the internet, and says that “absent a court order, Google will continue executing its anticompetitive strategy, crippling the competitive process, reducing consumer choice, and stifling innovation.”

    The government said Google has nearly 90% of all general search engine queries in the United States and almost 95% of searches on mobile.
    Justice Department Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google
    Suit follows lengthy investigation into company’s dominance of search traffic and effect on competition
    ...The department will allege that Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., GOOG -2.44%▲ is maintaining its status as gatekeeper to the internet through an unlawful web of exclusionary and interlocking business agreements that shut out competitors, officials said. The government will allege that Google uses billions of dollars collected from advertisements on its platform to pay mobile-phone manufacturers, carriers and browsers, like Apple Inc.’s Safari, to maintain Google as their preset, default search engine.

    The upshot is that Google has pole position in search on hundreds of millions of American devices, with little opportunity for any competitor to make inroads, the government will allege.

    Justice officials said the lawsuit will also take aim at arrangements in which Google’s search application is preloaded, and can’t be deleted, on mobile phones running its popular Android operating system. The government will allege Google unlawfully prohibits competitors’ search applications from being preloaded on phones under revenue-sharing arrangements, they said.

  2. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    Seems similar in intent to the action that made it a requirement for Microsoft to offer other Web Browsers and not just the baked-in Internet Explorer.
    artboyusa likes this.
  3. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    Yup. And action against Google is long overdue imo.
  4. lexus300

    lexus300 Star commenter

    Good and not before time.
    artboyusa likes this.

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