Due to Monopolistic behavior and resulting investigations via the US Dept. of Justice, the DOJ has filed a lawsuit against Google. Google has been fighting against claims of anti-competitive behavior in Europe for the longest time. The USDOJ claims that the trillion dollar company is a “a monopoly gatekeeper for the Internet”.
Google, having made deals with Apple as well as many other mobile carriers, making its search engine the default in use for consumers is responsible for taking over 80% of market shares and is in violation of anti-trust laws. The DOJ filed in its 57-page report:
“For many years, Google has used anticompetitive tactics to maintain and extend its monopolies in the markets for general search services, search advertising and general search text advertising — the cornerstones of its empire,”
Kent Walker, Google’s SVP of Global Affairs stated that the suit was “deeply flawed” and was quoted as saying:
“People use Google because they choose to, not because they’re forced to, or because they can’t find alternatives.” going on to say the case: “would do nothing to help consumers” instead it would: “artificially prop up lower-quality search alternatives, raise phone prices, and make it harder for people to get the search services they want to use.”
Associate Deputy Attorney General, Ryan Shores said that: “Nothing is off the table” when asked about how the case will be handled.
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