Google accused of using its online dominance to hold back competitors; to face antitrust lawsuit: Report – Times Now

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Tech behemoth Alphabet, Google's parent company, has an immensely large scale business across the globe. From Gmail for email, Google Maps for navigation,Google Drive for cloud storage, Android operating system for phones, Google Chrome for browsing, the list of itsproducts and services is massive. But, Google is facing some serious accusations for using its dominance in internet searches and online advertising to unfairly hold back competitors and extend its monopoly.

Google almost controls over 90 per cent of online searches globally, and rivals have accused that the company is abusing its powerby making the Google search and browsing services the defaults on smartphones.

A report byThe Washington Post suggests that the Justice Departmentis expected to brief state attorneys generalabout its plans to file a lawsuit against Google. Although the exact timeline is unknown at the moment, this could happen as early as next week or next month.

"We are not having this hearing because Google is successful. We are having it because even successful companies, even popular companies and even innovative companies are subject to the laws of this country, including our antitrust laws," reportedly said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary antitrust subcommittee. "

TheJustice Department started investigating Google's advertising business last year, but now it is also focussing on the company's dominance in an online search.Meanwhile, European competition regulators have fined Google billions of euros for breaking antitrust laws.

Antitrust laws also called as competition laws are developed by the U.S. government to protect consumers from predatory business practices. They ensure that fair competition exists in an open-market economy.

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