The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) told a federal judge that Alphabet was paying billions of dollars to Apple, Samsung and other manufacturers and cell phone companies for “ illegally maintain “Google in the position of search engine by default, notes Bloomberg, “ knowing that people won’t change it “.
DoJ attorney Kenneth Dintzer did not disclose how much Google was spending to be offered as the default search engine for most US browsers and mobile phones, but nonetheless called the payments “ huge numbers “.
The antitrust complaint against Google was filed in the last days of the Trump administration, recalls Bloomberg, which notes that the Biden administration is also seeking to “ curbing the power of tech giants “.
John Schmidtlein, Google’s lawyer, for his part explained that the DoJ did not understand the market by focusing on Bing or DuckDuckGo, whereas “ Google faces competition from dozens of other companies, including ByteDance Ltd’s TikTok, Meta Platforms Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Grubhub Inc and other sites consumers go to for information » :
“ You don’t need to go to Google to shop on Amazon. You don’t have to go to Google to buy airline tickets on Expedia. Just because Google doesn’t face the same competition on every query doesn’t mean the company doesn’t face stiff competition. »