The Attorneys General from 38 states and the federal government have launched a massive, unprecedented antitrust lawsuit against Google.
Bloomberg News report: The attorneys general contend Google’s search engine has grown so powerful it has effectively become “a monopolistic gatekeeper, free to limit passage across the internet and to charge supracompetitive tolls.”
They repeat the Justice Department’s assertion that the company’s multibillion-dollar distribution agreements to make its search engine the default option on mobile devices artificially limit competition. But the states also build upon the case by contending that Google has also stifled other internet companies in specialized categories such as travel, home repair and local services by lowering their prominence on search result pages and through domineering business practices.
The lawsuit points out how Google is steering users toward desired locations rather than “the best result.” Users engage with Google assuming the most relevant results are being pushed to the top rather than the results Google has a financial incentive to see at the top of the rankings.
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