INTRO: As a part of their plans to chop down the huge tech behemoths to size, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and multiple State Attorneys General within the country are reportedly investigating Google for possible antitrust violations. They are also apparently looking into the legalities of whether or not they can force the corporate to unload its hyper-dominant Chrome web-browser that has around 70% of the worldwide browser market share on desktops.
If the agencies do undergo with their plan, it might be the primary time that the United States government would have ordered the break-up of a US company in decades. The DoJ is additionally reportedly preparing an antitrust suit accusing Google of abusing its search dominance to harm smaller competitors. According to Politico, the agency could file the lawsuit as early as next week.
The news comes days after the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s Democratic leadership published a scathing report about the state of the tech sector within the country, alleging that Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google have systematically abused their near-monopolistic powers within the ir respective sectors and demanded sweeping changes in the structure of those companies, including the ending of their businesses and making it harder to accumulate smaller rivals going forward.
Antitrust investigations became a neighborhood of life for Google over the years, having been subjected to varied probes for alleged abuse of its dominance in not only the online browser market but also search and Android. In fact, only last week, reports suggested that the corporate is being investigated the the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for possibly abusing its Android dominance to harm competitors in the smart TV space through a posh set of deals and restrictions.