Is Google now at the throat?11. September 2023
Is Google now at the throat?
Washington, September 11, 2023
On Tuesday, the US Justice Department will begin an antitrust case against Google in a Washington district court. The central charges are: Google monopolized online search and used anti-competitive practices.
The trial, expected to last 10 weeks, represents a major challenge to Big Tech’s dominance and could set a precedent in the fight against industrial monopolies.
The Justice Department and state attorneys general will argue that Google violated anti-monopoly laws by entering into exclusive agreements with Internet browsers and phone makers – such as Apple, Mozilla and Samsung – to make its search engine the default choice for their products, thereby limiting competition.
Google is also accused of requiring Android partners to pre-install Gmail and other apps, which Google denies.
Google claims that its partners select its search engine based on quality and consumer preferences.