Should Google be broken up as a monopoly? The classic antitrust case in the United States was Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey v. United States:
“By 1890, Standard Oil controlled 88 percent of the refined oil flows in the United States. … In 1904, Standard controlled 91 percent of production and 85 percent of final sales. … In 1909, the US Department of Justice sued Standard under federal anti-trust law, the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, for sustaining a monopoly and restraining interstate commerce …” (Wikipedia)
According to some sources Google is close to being a monopoly, a monopoly of information:
It’s common knowledge that Google has a monopolistic hold on search traffic. comScore’s widely cited numbers place Google’s search market share at 67%, followed by Bing at 19% and Yahoo at 10%. The Facebook and Google Duopoly, Shahzad Abbas, APRIL 14, 2015
According to Net Market Share the global marketing share percentage, in terms of the use of Search Engines heavily favoured Google throughout 2017 – averaging a net share of 74.54%. Search Engine Statistics 2018
In 2008 the United States Department of Justice came very close to filing an antitrust suit against Google:
In April 2008, the $157 billion company [Google] announced plans to pair up with Yahoo! Inc. in an agreement that would have allowed Yahoo to use Google to sell advertising on its own pages; Yahoo currently uses its own platform to do so.
But the Department of Justice wasn’t so keen on the proposed plan and notified Google that it would be slapped with an antitrust suit if it went ahead with the Yahoo agreement; just three hours before the DOJ was planning on filing suit, the deal was dropped. Is Google a Monopoly?, legalzoom
Wikipedia also defines a public utility as:
“Public utility. A public utility (usually just utility) is an organization that maintains the infrastructure for a public service (often also providing a service using that infrastructure). Public utilities are subject to forms of public control and regulation ranging from local community-based groups to statewide government monopolies.” Public Utility, Wikipedia
Should we see Google as a monopoly on what is properly seen as a public utility, a public information utility? Should the U.S. government prosecute Google under the Sherman Antitrust Act?
I think so.
Americans need to hear both sides of the story, to see the pro and cons of important ideas from at least two different points of view. But it is becoming more and more obvious that Google leans heavily Leftward and is becoming bolder and bolder at suppressing Conservative voices and ideas.
Project Veritas recently released an undercover video revealing that Google has plans for the 2020 election:
“Jen Gennai is the head of “Responsible Innovation” for Google, a sector that monitors and evaluates the responsible implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies. In the video, Gennai says Google has been working diligently to “prevent” the results of the 2016 election from repeating in 2020:
We all got screwed over in 2016, again it wasn’t just us, it was, the people got screwed over, the news media got screwed over, like, everybody got screwed over so we’re rapidly been like, what happened there and how do we prevent it from happening again.”
“We’re also training our algorithms, like, if 2016 happened again, would we have, would the outcome be different?” -Insider Blows Whistle … (Project Veritas)
It is simply too dangerous for one company to have this much power. It is dangerous to have one large company decide what people should see and hear (Youtube is owned by Google).
It would be dangerous regardless of which way Google leaned politically. It would be just as dangerous to have a Conservative search engine with this sort of power. Americans need to hear from a lot of different people with radically different ideas and then make their decisions based on a broad spectrum of ideas, not a narrow channel funneled through a deeply prejudiced and self-righteous source like Google.