The U.S. government has filed serious charges against Google, accusing the company of violating competition law to preserve its monopoly over online advertising and internet search.
The lawsuit alleges Google of paying to browsers, mobile phone makers, and carriers to retain its status as the default engine on mobile and various platforms. This includes reports paying Apple billions of dollars to remain Apple’s default search engine on iOS devices.
Google is also blamed for stopping the smartphone makers from removing Google’s search app from their devices and to pre-load other search apps such as Microsoft’s Bing.
Following this lawsuit, Google published its own reply and said the lawsuit is deeply flawed and would do nothing to help consumers.
“People use Google because they choose to, not because they’re forced to, or because they can’t find alternatives,” said Google
“This lawsuit would do nothing to help consumers. On the contrary, it would artificially prop up lower-quality search alternatives, raise phone prices, and make it harder for people to get the search services they want to use,” it added.
Google also gave examples of tech giants such as Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Verizon, and more. Saying that these companies maintain the dominance of their pre-installed applications and rivals of Google services are already available on their devices and their users are free to choose the alternatives.
Google said it stands firmly on its position and hopes that the court will conclude this suite as soon as possible. However, it’s currently not confirmed how many proceedings the U.S. court has planned to do make on this matter.
The DOJ’s deeply flawed lawsuit would do nothing to help consumers. It could actually raise phone prices, make it harder for people to access the services they want, and artificially prop up lower quality search services. Read our blog post→https://t.co/iNnNL6yvNK
— Google Public Policy (@googlepubpolicy) October 20, 2020