Google may be accessing its own search engine today for anti-trust information, as the U.S. government appears to be closing in. The Department of Justice is gearing up for an epic showdown as it prepares to file a long anticipated anti-trust lawsuit against Google.
The case against Google will reportedly charge the Silicon Valley web giant with holding an illegal monopoly over search, and search advertising. The suit will also allege that Google has been abusing its dominance in online search to stifle competition and harm consumers. One other aspect of the suit will reportedly accuse Google of using billions of dollars collected from its advertisers to then pay phone manufacturers to ensure the Google search engine is the default option on their browsers.
Court records indicate that initially, 11-states will join the federal government in what appears to be a bipartisan lawsuit. The case could ultimately pose a huge risk to Goggle’s wider advertising business, which brought in a staggering $134.8 billion last year. The advertising side of the company accounts for more than 80% of Google’s business.
The Trump administration has had Google in its sights for years now. One of Donald Trump’s top economic advisors said two years ago that the White House was considering whether Goggle searches should be subject to government regulation. Google currently controls an estimated 90% of global web searches.
With election day just two weeks away, it’s unclear what the status of the bipartisan suit against Google would be under a Joe Biden led administration. Clearly, we know where this suit is headed under a Donald Trump administration.