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California will be part of the US authorities and 11 different states in bringing lawsuits in opposition to Google for abusing its market dominance, the state’s prime prosecutor mentioned Friday.
“Google’s market dominance leaves consumers and small businesses with little choice when it comes to internet search engines,” Attorney General Xavier Becerra mentioned in a press release.
“By using exclusionary agreements to dominate the market, Google has stifled competition and rigged the advertising market.”
The US Justice Department and 11 states in October introduced a civil case in opposition to Google for pursuing an unlawful monopoly in its search features and in its promoting analysis providers.
Google, based in 1998 and headquartered in California, has usually been accused of abusing its energy to exclude rivals.
It is the default search engine on many gadgets, and its Chrome net browser and cell working system Android dominate the market.
The US Justice Department additionally accuses it of forcing customers and advertisers to make use of its providers on Android gadgets on apps that can’t be deleted, corresponding to Google Maps.
On Wednesday the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and prosecutors representing 48 states and territories additionally introduced they’d filed a criticism in opposition to Facebook for abusing its market dominance.