The United States Department Of Justice, back in October filed a long overdue antitrust lawsuit against Google, making the claim that the company has shown anti-competitive and monopolizing behavior. Now the Internet’s go to search engine has just provided its first formal response to the claim.
The response came in the form of a 42-page document that listed every argument for the lawsuits dismissal making rebuttals of close to every sentence of every paragraph of the original filing made by the Justice Department that calls Google “a monopoly gatekeeper for the Internet,” and condemns every deal the tech giant has made with a slew of mobile servic providers making Google their default search engine.
Google had this to say: that “People use Google Search because they choose to, not because they are forced to or because they cannot easily find alternative ways to search for information on the internet.” Google points to the existence of alternative search engines such as DuckDuckGo and Bing to make this argument. Google also makes the argument that their deals with mobile service providers are similar to consumer brands purchasing prime shelf space in grocery stores and that both Android and Apple users can easily change their preferred search engines to Google’s competitors if they so chose.
No formal response has been issued from the Department of Justice.
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