On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the $1 trillion technology giant, accusing it of illegally using its dominant market position to impede competition, the biggest enforcement challenge for US regulators in decades against the power and influence of large technology companies. Google responded by calling the charges seriously flawed and warning that consumers would suffer if the government won the case.
The U.S. Department of justice has accused Google of illegally shutting out competitors in search and advertising, using advertising revenue to pay mobile companies and browser developers to maintain Googles status as the default search engine. These moves mean that Google dominates the U.S. device space, leaving competitors with little opportunity.
The legal battle comes more than a year after the US Department of justice and the Federal Trade Commission launched antitrust investigations into Google, Facebook, apple and Amazon. The move comes after the US House antitrust Committee issued a stern report accusing Google and other technology giants of abusing market dominance and calling for a potential break-up.
The lawsuit is the most radical challenge facing Silicon Valleys tech giants in more than 20 years. In response, Kent walker, Googles senior vice president of global affairs, lashed out at dubious antitrust rhetoric, saying: people are not forced to use Google services or because they cant find other options. (small)
Source: Qiao JunJing, editor in charge of Netease science and Technology Report_ NBJ11279