The Justice Department sued Google for breach of trust

The Justice Department filed a no-confidence motion against Google on Tuesday, alleging that the tech giant was using its dominance in the search business to become the Internet's "monopoly gatekeeper."

 

The Justice Department sued Google for breach of trust

The Justice Department alleges that Google, a division of the alphabet, paid billions of dollars to Apple and other mobile phone manufacturers, as well as web browser companies, to keep Google as their default search engine for.

 

According to the no-confidence suit, these payments and similar arrangements have allowed Google to maintain a lock in the web search market, which has long been the foundation of its business.

 

In one of the alleged arrangements described in the suite, Google requires device makers to not only preload their search app, but also add five other apps, including Chrome, Google Play, Google Maps, and YouTube. In addition, according to the government's case, the developed apps "must be installed in a way that prevents users from deleting them."

 

"Over the years, Google has signed separate agreements, including binding arrangements, and engaged in conflicting practices to block distribution channels and deter competitors," the Justice Department said in its no-confidence complaint. Are Two decades ago, Google became the darling of Silicon Valley as a scrape startup with an innovative way to search the emerging Internet. This Google has gone too far. "

 

"It's a very good case," said Eleanor Fox, an antitrust expert, and professor at New York University School of Law. "If the Department of Justice is able to prove the facts of the complaint, it should be able to prove that Google has been contradictory and should be ordered to do so."

 

However, Fox noted that the Supreme Court has made it difficult for the government to win most no-confidence cases.

 

The lawsuit was filed’ in federal court in Washington, D.C., and in eleven states, along with the Republican attorney general, the U.S. filed a lawsuit against Google.

 

Google called the lawsuit a "deep mistake" and claimed in a lengthy statement that the suite "would offer artificially inferior search alternatives, increase phone prices, and make people search for them." Will make it difficult to get the services they want to use. "

 

Dan Ives, a senior Wall Street analyst who follows other tech giants for Google and Wedbush Securities said the lawsuit against Google shows that Google and other tech giants are clearly in a crossfire. ۔

 

"In our opinion, a potential blue wave in November raises the risk of [Google and another tech] giants getting in the way," Eves said. "Tech stocks are taking away all the bad news right now, including this DOJ suite today because investors are waiting for a wait and see big tech breakup concerns."

 

Shares of Google Parent Alphabet rose 40% or 2.5% to 1,570 on Tuesday, despite news of a government deal.

 

A search behemoth

Google has long dominated the online search space, accounting for more than three-quarters of online searches and often more.

 

According to the Department of Justice, Google handles 90 percent of search queries in the United States, and 95 percent of mobile devices and the company has used "conflicting tactics" to defend and expand its monopoly. According to the government, Google's behavior has hurt users by reducing search quality by limiting potential competition. Some educational studies have shown that users prefer Google search that does not exclude content from competitors, such as user reviews posted on non-Google websites.

 

The complaint also alleges that Google, which has made the most of its Internet advertising services has harmed its corporate clients by using such a dominant position to attract advertisers in a competitive market. Enables you to charge more than Rs.

 

The lawsuit marks the government's most significant effort to protect the competition since its serious breakup against Microsoft more than 20 years ago. Given the ongoing investigation by major tech companies, including Apple, Amazon and Facebook, into both the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, this could be the opening year before other major no-confidence motions by the government.

 

The House Anti-Trust Subcommittee released a clear report earlier this month recommending amendments to federal laws to make it easier to operate after the four major tech companies, as well as the possible restructuring of those companies. Or break them into parts.

 

The Department of Justice will not immediately try to break Google, but may eventually try to force a change in how the alphabet works, which may eventually include splitting Google's various businesses.

 

The California-based company based in Mountain View has long denied claims of unfair competition. Google maintains that although its businesses are large, they are useful and beneficial to consumers. It maintains that its services face considerable competition and that innovations have begun to help people manage their lives.

 

Most Google services are offered free of charge in exchange for personal information, which helps it sell its ads. Google insists it has no special power to force people to use its free services or prevent them from going elsewhere.

 

Anti-tech management

The Trump administration has long been in Google's sights. A senior economic adviser to President Donald Trump said two years ago that the White House was considering whether Google's search should be’ regulated. President Trump has often criticized Google, recycling the Conservatives' baseless claims that the search giant is biased’ against the Conservatives and suppresses their views in searches, interfering in the US election and the Pentagon. But prefers to work with the Chinese military.

 

However, Justice Department officials, in a call with reporters on Tuesday, repeatedly insisted that the government's case against Google was not politically motivated. He also said the timing of the case was not linked’ to the presidential election, which is two weeks away.

 

Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said, "This case has nothing to do with the president. It is about competitive positions, in which there has been a two-sided role throughout the board, of interest."

 

Rosen said the issue was not linked’ to concerns about liberal bias on Google and other social media platforms. "There are concerns that social media and some other technologies are biased," Rosen said. "They are very different from the questions in this case."

 

New York's attorney general, Letitia James, who was not involved in the government's no-confidence motion said her state and others were continuing to investigate what they called Google's anti-controversial methods. James said in a statement on Tuesday that his investigation was being wrapped up’ and that if New York or any other state wanted to file a lawsuit, it would try to strengthen the case with government action filed on Tuesday.

 

"This is a historic time for both federal and state antitrust authorities, as we work to preserve competition and innovation in our technology markets," James said in a statement.

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