Attorney General William Barr finally did it. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is preparing to take action and Google is furious — the tech giant is about to be playing defense like never before.
“A recent report claims that Google’s search engine is about to face major challenges as the DOJ readies an antitrust lawsuit accusing the tech giant of crushing competition to protect its monopoly,” according to Breitbart News.
The DOJ has been conducting an investigation for over a year and is “now reportedly focusing on whether or not Google alters search results to favor its own products and whether it restricts access to users to shut out rivals,” continued Breitbart.
This question is particularly important given the massive popularity of Google. It is estimated that the company “controls 90 percent of the online search market in the United States” — Americans are “Googling” in droves for information.
Breitbart News itself has been a target of Google’s alleged cherry-picking of search results to fit a particular political narrative. “Since 2016, organic Google search traffic to Breitbart (measured by unique visitors) is down 63 percent,” reported the site.
Some would call this election interference and there’s certainly an argument to made. Google and other big tech companies — such as Twitter and Facebook — need to decide whether they are open, unbiased platforms, or publishers of content.
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