INTRO: The US Justice Department on Tuesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against tech giant Google. It alleges that Google is abusing its dominance in the search business and used its position to downplay competitors. The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia goes on to detail the ways Google uses to stay ahead in the search segment.
US Justice Filed Lawsuit Against Google
According to the lawsuit filed, Google has signed exclusive agreements that avoid the preinstallation of competing search engines on devices. The lawsuit also claims that the company is forcibly pre-installing Google’s search applications in mobile devices and making them unremovable.
the thing to be notice, the lawsuit by US Justice mentions how Google pays Apple to stay because of the default program on the Safari browser, voice assistant Siri, and Spotlight search. As a result, Google pays approximately 12 billion dollars per annum to Apple, which accounts for nearly 20 percent of Apple’s net . Google document to mention that ‘Google views the prospect of losing default status on Apple devices as a “Code Red” scenario’.
Google Says the lawsuit is flawed
The company says the lawsuit is ‘deeply flawed and denied In a blog post, the corporate quotes Apple CEO Tim Cook to say that Apple uses Google Search in Safari because it’s ‘the best’. The company also points out how Google doesn’t come preloaded on Windows devices where Bing is the default program.
“This lawsuit would do nothing to help consumers. Most Individuals use Google because they choose to, or because they can’t find alternatives. On the other hand, it would artificially prop up the lower-quality search alternatives, raise phone prices, and make it harder for people to get the search services they want to use. ,” as said by Google in a statement.