The US Department of Justice is suing Google over market monopolization. This could threaten the division of the company

The US Department of Justice has accused Google of monopolizing and abusing its position in the Internet search and advertising market.

The U.S. Department of Justice and Attorneys General in 11 states have filed a lawsuit against Google in Federal Court in Washington, accusing the company of abusing its position in the Internet search and advertising market.

The lawsuit alleges that the company uses a network of exclusive business agreements for this purpose. In particular, it is reported that Google pays billions of dollars to smartphone manufacturers, operators and developers to set the company’s search engine as the default service.

It is also noted that with the exclusive rights of Google controls about 90% of all search queries in the United States. In turn, the company receives $ 40 billion a year from advertisers.

According to Axios, Ryan Shores, a senior technology adviser to the Ministry of Justice, said Google’s search behavior “is illegal under traditional antitrust law and should be stopped.”

The lawsuit does not specify potential sanctions against the company, but the Ministry of Justice asks the court to rule that Google’s conduct is indeed illegal and to prohibit it from repeating it again. The agency also wants the court to make “structural amendments necessary to eliminate any anti-competitive damage.”
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According to the publication, this may even mean an attempt to force Google to separate its search and / or advertising business.

Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen compared the case to two historic antitrust lawsuits against telephone company AT&T in 1974 and against Microsoft in 1998. In the first case, the company was divided into 9 regional operators. But Bill Gates’ company miraculously avoided a similar division.

Earlier, Politico also reported that the US Department of Justice and the US Attorney General’s Office were considering whether to force Google to sell the Chrome browser and part of its advertising business. The reason for the attention of antitrust authorities to the Chrome browser and the company’s advertising business was the refusal to support third-party cookies in the browser.

It will be recalled that the US Senate Trade Committee summoned Google, Facebook and Twitter for a hearing on October 28. Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey will answer questions about how they moderate content on their platforms.

In late July, the Senate had already summoned the leaders of Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Google to a hearing by the Congressional Legal Committee. At that time, TechnoGiant CEOs spent almost six hours answering questions related to the investigation into their use of non-competitive practices. The committee’s investigation revealed that these companies were abusing their power.