Skip to comments.Statement of the Attorney General on the Announcement Of Civil Antitrust Lawsuit Filed Against Google
Posted on 10/20/2020 12:08:20 PM PDT by ransomnote
Attorney General William P. Barr released the following statement:
This morning the Department of Justice, along with eleven states, filed a civil lawsuit against Google for unlawfully maintaining a monopoly in general search services and search advertising in violation of the U.S. antitrust laws. This is a monumental case for the Department of Justice and, more importantly, for the American consumer.
Today, millions of Americans rely on the Internet and online platforms for their daily lives. For years, there have been broad, bipartisan concerns about business practices leading to massive concentrations of economic power in our digital economy. Hearing those concerns, I have made it a primary commitment of my tenure as Attorney General for the Department of Justice to examine whether technology markets have been deprived of free, fair, and open competition.
To that end, the Department of Justice formally opened a review of online market-leading platforms in July 2019. One part of this review is the Antitrust Divisions investigation of Google. Over the course of the last 16 months, the Antitrust Division collected convincing evidence that Google no longer competes only on the merits but instead uses its monopoly power and billions in monopoly profits to lock up key pathways to search on mobile phones, browsers, and next generation devices, depriving rivals of distribution and scale. The end result is that no one can feasibly challenge Googles dominance in search and search advertising.
This lack of competition harms users, advertisers, and small businesses in the form of fewer choices, reduced quality (including on metrics like privacy), higher advertising prices, and less innovation.
The complaint filed today against Google is based on violations of the U.S. antitrust laws and is separate and distinct from concerns raised about content moderation and political censorship by online platforms. As part of the Departments broader review of market-leading online platforms, we listened to myriad public concerns about how online platforms fail their users. While many of the concerns we heard were competition-related, others were not like online child exploitation, public safety, and censorship. Outside the Antitrust Division, the Department has considered these issues separately, including by advocating for Section 230 legislative reforms. Our antitrust investigation of Google, by contrast, is based solely on traditional antitrust principles and is aimed at promoting consumer welfare through robust competition.
Twenty-five years ago, the Department of Justice sued Microsoft, paving the way for a new wave of innovative tech companies including Google. The increased competition following the Microsoft case enabled Google to grow from a small start-up to an Internet behemoth. Unfortunately, once Google itself gained dominance, it resorted to the same anticompetitive playbook. If we let Google continue its anticompetitive ways, we will lose the next wave of innovators and Americans may never get to benefit from the next Google. The time has come to restore competition to this vital industry.
Todays challenge against Google the monopoly gatekeeper of the Internet shows the tremendous efforts of the Department, in particular the hardworking men and women of the Antitrust Division, and our state partners to restore competition in markets beholden to an unlawful monopolist. This is an important milestone, but not the end of our review of market-leading online platforms. The Department will continue to vigorously investigate and enforce the antitrust laws where appropriate to protect and promote competition in the digital economy for the benefit of the American consumer. Topic(s): Antitrust Component(s): Office of the Attorney General Press Release Number: 20-1126
What about Facebook? What about Twitter?
What do you get when you squash a google? Google that!!
“What about Facebook? What about Twitter?”
How deeply are they, and YouTube, linked with Google?
I really don’t care what this coward says. Barr turned his back on the country. He is lower than whale excrement on the bottom of the ocean.
Google owns YouTube.
Hopefully...they will be next.
Google owns Boobtube aka YouTube.
“Anti Trust” is something which is drilled into nearly every large company in Silicon Valley.
Every year at Intel, we had to go to training to educate us on the dangers of Anti Trust.
The laws are you CAN have a controlling interest in a market or a product but you are prevented from using it to buy influence, purchase competitors or anything which prevents others from competing with you.
Both FB and Google have violated not only the letter but the spirit of the law.
Now Apple has gone out of its way to NOT do this in their market.
They share info with Microsoft, Intel, AMD and Qualcomm.
The four major components of Apple computers and phones.
Google is Youtube also.
It’s nice to get a warm, fuzzy feeling from ‘the news’ sometimes, ain’t it?
Any idea what the proposed remedy might be? Would they seek to break up Google into smaller companies?
Too little too late, Barr has got to go.
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