If we have learned anything this year, it is just how much Silicon Valley’s tech giants are willing to go to keep their corner on the market and influence information shared online.
There is no tech giant quite as gargantuan as Google, who has now found themselves the subject of a long-overdue antitrust lawsuit on the part of the Department of Justice.
The DOJ attorneys allege that the internet heavy hitter is using its massive advantage to snuff out competition unfairly.
“For years, Google has entered into exclusionary agreements, including tying arrangements, and engaged in anticompetitive conduct to lock up distribution channels and block rivals,” the suit states, according to Just the News.
“American consumers are forced to accept Google’s policies, privacy practices, and use of personal data; and new companies with innovative business models cannot emerge from Google’s long shadow,” it continues.
“For the sake of American consumers, advertisers, and all companies now reliant on the internet economy, the time has come to stop Google’s anticompetitive conduct and restore competition.”
DOJ lawyers say they are intent on preventing Google from “unlawfully maintaining monopolies in the markets for general search services, search advertising, and general search text advertising in the United States through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices, and to remedy the effects of this conduct.”
“For a general search engine, by far the most effective means of distribution is to be the preset default general search engine for mobile and computer search access points,” the lawsuit states.
“Even where users can change the default, they rarely do. This leaves the preset default search engine with de facto exclusivity.”
The reaction was swift from Google higher-ups, who claimed via a spokesperson that the suit was “deeply flawed.”
“Today’s lawsuit by the Department of Justice is deeply flawed,” a Google spokesman told Fox News. “People use Google because they choose to — not because they’re forced to or because they can’t find alternatives.”
Meanwhile, as partisan animosity couldn’t possibly be more passionate in Washington D.C., the lawsuit was met with glowing bipartisan approval from elected officials.
“Today’s lawsuit is the most important antitrust case in a generation,” said Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), who has long been leading the charge against Big Tech monopolies and censorship from the Senate.
“Google and its fellow Big Tech monopolists exercise unprecedented power over the lives of ordinary Americans, controlling everything from the news we read to the security of our most personal information,” Hawley said. “And Google in particular has gathered and maintained that power through illegal means.”
Meanwhile, the House Antitrust Subcommittee’s Democratic Chairman, David N. Cicilline (RI) characterized the suit as “long overdue.”
“The subcommittee’s investigation uncovered extensive evidence showing that Google maintained and extended its monopoly to harm competition,” he said in a statement.
“It is critical that the Justice Department’s lawsuit focuses on Google’s monopolization of search and search advertising, while also targeting the anticompetitive business practices Google is using to leverage this monopoly into other areas, such as maps, browsers, video, and voice assistants.”
And an otherwise staunch opponent to President Donald Trump, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said in a statement that “There is bipartisan agreement in Congress and among federal and state antitrust enforcers that protecting competition and innovation online is essential to our economy. Today’s antitrust lawsuit against Google is an important step for ensuring a competitive online space.”
Of all things to agree on in this day and age, it’s certainly at least tentatively heartwarming to see Democrats and Republicans can agree Big Tech is way too big to go unchecked.
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