Google officially charged with antitrust by Justice Department

Google targeted in antitrust suit filed Tuesday by Justice Department

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10/20/2020 5:55:00 PM

Google targeted in antitrust suit filed Tuesday by Justice Department

The Justice Department formally charged Alphabet Inc.'s Google with antitrust violations Tuesday, the first major action against Big Tech for its staggering...

“Google is a monopolist in the general search services, search advertising, and general search text advertising markets,” reads the Justice Department’s complaint, filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday morning. “Google aggressively uses its monopoly positions, and the money that flows from them, to continuously foreclose rivals and protect its monopolies.”

Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen said Tuesday morning that Google GOOG GOOGL was charged with violating the Sherman Act with its search and search-advertising businesses after a 16-month investigation. The specific issues referenced included Google’s deals to be the default search engine on popular online services and browsers, as well as Google tying its search engine into phones running Alphabet’s Android operating system.

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