Google is one of the world's most powerful companies, earning billions of dollars a year from its digital advertising business. However, the tech giant has been accused of violating antitrust laws by using deceptive tactics to maintain its monopolies in search and search advertising. In this article, we'll explore the allegations against Google and how they could affect the future of the internet.The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a lawsuit against Google, alleging that it has used exclusionary contracts to ensure its applications are the default on device manufacturers' devices. This has blocked competition and prevented any major search competitors from achieving vital distribution and scale.
The DOJ also investigated Google's behavior and acquisitions in the general digital advertising market, which includes search ads, web ads and video ads.Google insists that users can freely switch to other search engines, such as Microsoft's Bing or Yahoo Search, whenever they want. It claims that its search service is the undisputed market leader because people prefer it. However, the DOJ alleges that Google violated antitrust law by closing agreements with device manufacturers to make it the default search engine on their devices.We should compare Google with Amazon, and pretty much the entire Internet, because you can buy things or search for things not just with Google. By filing the lawsuit, the Department seeks to stop Google's anti-competitive behavior and restore competition for American consumers, advertisers and all companies that now depend on the Internet economy.The DOJ lawyers involved in the investigation argued that they needed more time to present strong arguments against Google.
However, then United States Attorney General William Barr is said to have overturned their guidelines. This could close the market to rivals that collect less data for targeted advertising than Google.The government also says that Google has tried to buy Samsung, the main manufacturer of Android phones, by offering incentives to turn its Galaxy app store into a white label for the Play Store. Decades ago, the Department's case against Microsoft recognized that antitrust laws prohibit anticompetitive agreements between high-tech monopolies to require a pre-installed default state, close distribution channels to rivals, and make software unable to be eliminated.In conclusion, Google is facing an ongoing lawsuit from the Department of Justice and several states for allegedly using exclusion contracts to ensure its applications are the default on device manufacturers' devices. The government seeks to stop Google's anti-competitive behavior and restore competition for American consumers, advertisers and all companies that now depend on the Internet economy.