Google will be sued by US regulators as it was accused of breaking competition law in the country. After more than a year-long investigation, the government has said that it will file charges against the company.
Mainly, the case will be aimed at if Google’s decision to pre-install its search engine on devices provides a biased advantage within the search market.
“Today, millions of Americans rely on the internet and online platforms for their daily lives. 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. Since my confirmation, I have prioritized the Department’s review of online market-leading platforms to ensure that our technology industries remain competitive. This lawsuit strikes at the heart of Google’s grip over the internet for millions of American consumers, advertisers, small businesses and entrepreneurs beholden to an unlawful monopolist,” Willian Barr, US Attorney General said.
The search giant has gone through antitrust lawsuits prior to this, which has mainly been filed in the European market where various laws apply.
Google has also defended its competition practices, and said that it was “deeply flawed.” It is predicted that the company will be putting in an appeal, so it will most likely extend for years. This could also be the start of a change in approach for US regulators. A lot of other large tech companies such as Facebook and Amazon will most likely also come under fire for similar reasons soon.