Google Sued for Illegal Anticompetitive Conduct

The lawsuit is the most significant antitrust action against a tech company in decades, and the DoJ says it is still investigating other companies.

The case alleges that Google, an Alphabet subsidiary, has maintained its central role in search and advertising through anticompetitive contracts which allowed Google to establish itself as a gatekeeper to the digital world and its economy, giving it even greater latitude to deal with any potential competitors.

The lawsuit also focuses on how Google uses its Android OS to further preserve its search monopoly, preloading the search engine and preventing its deletion. At the same time, Google persuades other competitors from preloading their own search engines on phones. For example, Google used billions of dollars from its advertising empire to pay Apple to keep Google as its default search engine.

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