Google might soon face an antitrust investigation from the US Department of justice, as per the late Friday report by The Wall Street Journal. The department is expected to investigate Google’s search practices, as well as its other businesses, the report said. However, the Federal Trade Commission investigated Google in 2011. The case was about the placement of tracking cookies in Apple’s Safari browser.
But the case was settled down a year late by paying a $22.5 million civil penalty judgment. After that again FTC investigated Google in 2013 for broad antitrust violations but closed the case shortly without taking any action against the search giant. Now this time DOJ is conducting the inquiry by leading a new charge on the company.
The DOJ has spent the past few weeks preparing for the probe, several other sources have also confirmed that there would be an antitrust probe as well. Google and DOP haven’t commented on the issue yet. Moreover, the move by DOJ comes as Google and other Silicon Valley giants face renewed antitrust scrutiny in the United States. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic 2020 presidential candidate, has emphasized that this is the most important step to breaking with tech giants.
Like Google, Facebook and Amazon. In February 2018, US president Donald Trump had signaled through his Federal Trade Commission leadership choice that he was open to investigating big tech companies. Last year, Former US Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with state attorneys general to discuss whether Google and Facebook could be restricting conservative views. In this matter, they had also created a task force to look into the tech industries problems.
The Journal report announced in March that Google could beEuropean Commission for abusive online ad practices and unethical content. The Commission stated that Google exploited its dominance by restricting its rivals from placing their search ads on third-party websites.over violations of antitrust or consumer protection regulations. Too, Google has faced antitrust investigation pressures from regulators in Europe. In March, Google was fined with a $1.7 billion fee from the
In 2018, the EU representative had fined Google a record $5 billion for unfair business practices around Android, its mobile operating system. The investigation was merely focused on Google’s dealing with phone manufacturers, requiring them to preload apps and features.