US DoJ files an antitrust lawsuit against Google
According to Reuters, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) together with 11 states have filed a long awaited antitrust lawsuit against Google. Google is accused of breaking antitrust law by using its market power to shut out competitors. The DoJ claims that Google:
- is acting as gatekeeper to the Internet using exclusionary and interlocking business agreements that shut out competitors;
- uses billions of dollars collected from advertisements on its platform to pay mobile phone manufacturers, carriers, and browsers to maintain Google as their preset, default search engine;
- Is arranging that Google’s search application is preloaded, and can’t be deleted, on mobile phones running on the Android operating system;
- unlawfully prohibits competitor search applications from being preloaded on phones under revenue sharing arrangements.
These claims are separate from concerns raised about content moderation and political censorship by online platforms.