Jun 26, 2022
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A House antitrust subcommittee released a 450-page report accusing Google of creating market dominance through anti-competitive behavior. The report offers suggestions Banner Design on how to shut down Google and restore more competition, including in search results. Report allegations that Google has a monopoly The Google section of the report squarely accuses Google of being a monopoly in the very first sentence. "Google has a monopoly in the general online search and search advertising markets." Then, it describes the strategies employed by Banner Design Google to achieve and maintain this monopoly. The report claims that Google maintains a monopoly through the default settings of browsers and mobile devices, which gives it preference over its competitors, forcing phone makers to make Google's apps the default apps and use acquisitions as a way to dominate the market. The report also claims that Google's monopoly Banner Design allows Google to impose its products and services on users, puts businesses that need traffic at a disadvantage, and crowds out competitors in the verticals in which Google competes. Advertising Continue reading below Google accused of anti-competitive tactics The report accuses Google Banner Design of maintaining its dominance by using anti-competitive tactics. Among the tactics Google has been accused of using: Unfairly using third-party content to benefit its own "inferior vertical offerings". Imposing penalties on competing verticals for the benefit of Google's verticals. Filling search results with ads to drive down organic results Make it difficult for users to distinguish ads from organic results Drive down Banner Design organic search results using own content. According to the report: “Many market players have likened Google to a gatekeeper who extorts users access to its critical distribution channel, even as its search page shows users less relevant results.” Documents suggest Google used Android to force its dominance The House subcommittee reviewed documents they said demonstrated that Google was requiring mobile phone companies to give preference to Google as a way to dominate the market Banner Design and lock in competitors. The report claimed that Google's mobile dominance was not achieved through merit but through the use of enforced requirements. According to the report: "Google has used contractual restrictions and exclusivity provisions to extend Google's search monopoly from desktop to mobile. Documents show that Google asked smartphone makers to pre-install and default Google's own Banner Design apps, which prevented competitors in search as well as other app markets. As search activity now shifts from mobile to voice, third-party interviews suggest that Google is once again looking for ways to maintain its monopoly on search endpoints through a similar set of practices. "