Do you trust Google?
Well, Texas, Kentucky, South Dakota, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, and Utah don’t trust Google and are filing a lawsuit stating that the company is a “monopolistic power”.
The lawsuit also states that the search giant is “anti-competitive ” when it comes to online advertising, and even struck a deal to manipulate sales with Facebook.
Ten states brought a lawsuit against Google, accusing the search giant of "anti-competitive conduct" in the online advertising industry, including a deal to manipulate sales with rival Facebook. https://t.co/qvvPjpW23o
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) December 17, 2020
10 Red States – led by Texas AG #Paxton – are suing Internet behemoth #Google due to its alleged attempts to "manipulate the market" and "destroy its competition" by concocting an agreement with social media rival #Facebook over advertising. https://t.co/1qomqkh1Of
— i24NEWS English (@i24NEWS_EN) December 17, 2020
From last night: 10 US states are now suing Google claiming it illegally manipulates online ad auctions, harming news content providers. Here's our @BBCBusiness piece by @shermannatalie and me 📱: https://t.co/kEAXiFkoWT
— Mary-Ann Russon (@concertina226) December 17, 2020
CBS News covered the lawsuit, let’s see what they had to share:
Ten states on Wednesday brought a lawsuit against Google, accusing the search giant of “anti-competitive conduct” in the online advertising industry, including a deal to manipulate sales with rival Facebook. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the suit, which was filed in a federal court in Texas, saying Google is using its “monopolistic power” to control pricing of online advertisements, fixing the market in its favor and eliminating competition.
“This Goliath of a company is using its power to manipulate the market, destroy competition, and harm you, the consumer,” Paxton said in the video posted on Twitter.
Google, which is based in Mountain View, California, called Paxton’s claims “meritless” and said the price of online advertising has fallen over the last decade.
Attorneys general from 10 states sued Google on Wednesday for alleged antitrust violations related to its ad stack, popularly known as DoubleClick. https://t.co/9tPkAi0Pxt
— Adweek (@Adweek) December 17, 2020
WATCH: Texas and nine other states sued Google, accusing it of illegally working with Facebook to boost its already-dominant online advertising business https://t.co/94Muo6YE7X pic.twitter.com/Wld73WveFv
— Reuters Business (@ReutersBiz) December 17, 2020
CNN covered the major lawsuit and dropped these details:
Texas and nine other states sued Google on Wednesday, alleging that the company has stifled competition and enjoys “monopolistic power.”
The complaint is the latest attack on the search giant and its dominance in online advertising. It alleges that Google abuses its ownership of digital ad marketplaces to unfairly enrich itself at the expense of fair competition.
The lawsuit claims that Google’s behavior has stifled innovation and harmed publishers, advertisers and consumers.
“This goliath of a company is using its power to manipulate the market, destroy competition and harm you, the consumer,” Paxton said in a video accompanying the tweet.
The nine other states participating in the suit include Kentucky, South Dakota, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Utah.
How many times has Google been sued for anticompetitive behaviour, and then the Work apps category of the App Store is… all their apps 🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/UQs7arfuxP
— Darren Pinder (@dmpinder) December 16, 2020