Google responds to recent anti-competitive lawsuit

Yolanda Curtis
October 24, 2020

Google has faced some issues with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the United States, as the department has filed an anti-monopoly lawsuit against the company and is largely based on deals that Google signed with other tech companies to be the default search engine and browser on devices, and now, according to multiple reports across The Internet, the Ministry of Justice claimed that Google paid Apple almost $ 12 billion to be the default search engine for Apple products. For numerous company's longtime adversaries, it isn't big enough. Now, as per multiple online reports, the justice department has alleged that Google paid Apple close to $12 billion to be the default search engine on Apple products.

Now those critics are pinning their hopes on additional enforcement actions to broaden the government's claims against Google, as state attorneys general and the Justice Department continue probing the tech giant. "Google's market share is not 100%". Google even offered a graphic on how to do that.

Read Google's full defence here. I just don't agree with them.

Breitbart News has reported extensively on how the market dominance of Google has negatively impacted smaller companies, it should also be noted that a company does not have to control 100 percent of a market to be considered a monopoly.

"Everyone is viewing this as a symphony, not a solo", he said.

Google has a long-term agreement with Apple that requires Google be the default and de facto exclusive general search engine on Apple's Safari browser and other Apple search tools. A case focused on those issues could help companies with competing search engines, such as DuckDuckGo and Microsoft Corp.'s Bing. In other words, people can always download a different search engine if they prefer, yet they likely believe Google is better. "People use Google because they choose to, not because they're forced to, or because they can't find alternatives", wrote Kent Walker, Google's chief legal officer, in a blog post. "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", said Attorney General William Barr in the October 20 announcement.

Of course, most search is done on mobile these days and Google admitted to promotional agreements with carriers and device makers to feature Google services. This is most evident in how we search for nearly everything online - so much so that "Google" is synonymous with search. Google, meanwhile, said that it's confident about the lawsuit and stands by its position. "Because that's what matters most".

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