U.S. DOJ Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google Over Alleged Search Abuses
Competition in this industry is vitally important, which is why today’s challenge against Google — the gatekeeper of the Internet — for violating antitrust laws is a monumental case both for the Department of Justice and for the American people...This lawsuit strikes at the heart of Google’s grip over the internet for millions of American consumers, advertisers, small businesses and entrepreneurs beholden to an unlawful monopolist.
No matter what Google has coming from the DoJ, the company vehemently opposes the lawsuit that has been announced. The Google Public Policy team took to Twitter, telling the following:
Today’s lawsuit by the Department of Justice is deeply flawed. People use Google because they choose to -- not because they’re forced to or because they can’t find alternatives. We will have a full statement this morning.Users in reply were quick to call Google out, but one of the more prominent voices elsewhere on Twitter came from the CEO of DuckDuckGo, Gabriel Weinberg. Weinberg not only claims that Google’s anti-competitive tactics have harmed his company, but that he hopes this lawsuit can terminate “surveillance-as-a-service” from Google.
We will have to see what shakes out of this lawsuit in the coming weeks, months, and even possibly years. It is not expected that Google will go down without a fight, so the whole ordeal could take some time. In the meantime, stay tuned to HotHardware as we expect updates to follow this lawsuit situation.
While Google’s anti-competitive practices hurt companies like us, the negative impact on society and democracy wrought by their surveillance business model is far worse. People should be able to opt out in one click.https://t.co/zhhQlGv0WM— Gabriel Weinberg (@yegg) October 20, 2020