President Trump has accused the company of discriminating against Republicans.
The U.S. Department of Justice and 11 states have prosecuted search engine giant Google and its parent company, Alphabet Inc., for abusing a dominant position.
According to the lawsuit, Google is using its near-monopoly position to increase revenue and deter competitors. Up to 90 percent of computer searches are done globally by Google’s search engine.
Alphabet currently has a market capitalization of over $ 1 trillion.
In its first comment, Google has stated the accusation is “deeply flawed.”
- People use Google because they choose it themselves – not because they are forced or do not find alternatives, the company said in a statement.
This is the most robust measure taken by the U.S. government to promote freedom of competition since the lawsuit against computer giant Microsoft was filed about 20 years ago.
The charge did not come as a surprise. Both U.S. politicians and consumers have complained about Google’s overstretched position. In the EU countries, the company has also been required to undergo structural reforms, but these measures have not been considered sufficient in the United States.
U.S. President Donald Trump has also called for legal action against Google. He believes Google discriminates against conservative views, tries to help the Democratic Party in the upcoming election, and works with the Chinese armed forces rather than the Pentagon.
The justice ministers in all the prosecuting states are Republicans, but Democrats also support prosecuting. It is therefore expected that more states will join the lawsuit.