DOJ Files Anti-Trust Lawsuit in an opening Salvo Against Big Tech
Today the DOJ officially announced they filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, which in most likely will be the first of multiple moves against big tech.
Lawmakers in the House and Senate on Tuesday welcomed the Justice Department’s (DOJ’s) move to file an antitrust lawsuit against Google that claims the tech behemoth used its power to preserve its monopoly via its search engine.
“Today’s lawsuit is the most important antitrust case in a generation,” Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., said in a statement. “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. And Google in particular has gathered and maintained that power through illegal means.”
While this move is welcome from both sides, the reason both sides are welcoming this are for two reasons. The Left wants government control over what big tech is able to share online, they want more censorship. The GOP wants the censorship of conservative thought to stopped being silenced.
The DOJ suit alleges that Google has used its dominance in online search and advertising to stifle competition and boost profits. The suit could be an opening shot in a battle against a number of Big Tech companies in the coming months.
A Google spokesperson told Fox News: “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. We will have a fuller statement this morning.”
According to the lawsuit, “For years, Google has entered into exclusionary agreements, including tying arrangements, and engaged in anticompetitive conduct to lock up distribution channels and block rivals.”
“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. For the sake of American consumers, advertisers, and all companies now reliant on the internet economy, the time has come to stop Google’s anti-competitive conduct and restore competition,” it says.
The DOJ claims the action was brought to stop Google from “unlawfully maintaining monopolies in the markets for general search services, search advertising, and general search text advertising in the United States through anti-competitive and exclusionary practices, and to remedy the effects of this conduct.”
“Largely as a result of Google’s exclusionary agreements and anti-competitive conduct, Google in recent years has accounted for nearly 90 percent of all general-search-engine queries in the United States, and almost 95 percent of queries on mobile devices,” the lawsuit says.
This lawsuit is nothing new, but more are bound to come, more so if this administration gets a second term. Google, Apple, Facebook, and Twitter have been anticipating an announcement, but also look at it with trepidation because they worry they will be next.
Many are saying that this is a violation of freedom of controlling a private platform, yet they ignore the fact that with the exception of Section 230, this exempts them from lawsuits for what is posted online, but in return for this protection, they were to create and maintain an open platform for all political thought.
The lawsuit has been in the works for over a year, and Big Tech executives from Google, Apple, Facebook, and Twitter have been anticipating an announcement — designing their testimonies in Congress to ward off a potential federal suit.
House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline, D-R.I., described the lawsuit as “long overdue” and brought attention to prior investigations by the committee.
“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 anti-competitive business practices Google is using to leverage this monopoly into other areas, such as maps, browsers, video, and voice assistants.”
The lawsuit alleges that Google used billions of dollars from advertisers to pay phone manufacturers to ensure Google is the default search engine on browsers.
“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 says. “Even where users can change the default, they rarely do. This leaves the preset default search engine with de facto exclusivity.”
With the latest moves by Twitter and Facebook in censoring news that they deem is not favorable to the candidate they are currently supporting, we can expect not only to see anti-trust lawsuits to be brought against these platforms as well, but a strong possibility of having Section 230 stripped from them.
Big tech has thrown all in with Biden, they know if he and the Democrats win, this will be swept under the rug, soon to be forgotten about. A Biden administration would control the DOJ, since Google is doing their bidding, we would expect the current lawsuit against them to dry up once the switch was made.
If Trump wins, and the race is tightening up, we could very well see the second term of a Trump administration turn their wrath towards big tech, in what they accurately would say was election interference.
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