A coordinated set of Google antitrust actions is brewing among a considerable number of state Attorney Generals’ offices across the country…
Since monopolies inherently dominate industries and destroy competition and innovation, these forms of businesses are illegal. Now, a group of high-ranking law enforcement offices are asking if Google/Alphabet is indeed that — a monopoly.
The answer is apparently “Yes.” Attorney Generals of seven states are reportedly gearing up for antitrust legal actions against the corporation. This, because when a company name becomes a verb in the everyday lexicon, it is probably a candidate for big time legal trouble. (Perhaps this is why the image of the company morphed to umbrella Alphabet, since it’s hard to imagine anyone “Alphabeting” anything.)
Google Antitrust Actions under Consideration by Multiple State Attorney General Offices
A group of state Attorney Generals will meet on tomorrow. They’ll get together to consider the feasibility of antitrust actions against the tech colossus. The major focus centers around the perception that the company has suppressed competition, which is strongly evidenced by its dominance in online advertising.
The company has denied these allegations. Moreover, according to a spokesperson from the company, Google has fully cooperated with the ongoing investigations. But, the company’s activities have already attracted bi-partisan scrutiny, including recent letters to the US Attorney’s office from several Senators, including Senator Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut and Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri.
Among the more controversial issues surrounding the investigation is the impact that an antitrust action might have on free speech. This, due to the fact that Google has been at the epicenter of the social media political firestorms. Critics of the anti-trust option are concerned that such measures will devolve into a political weapon that undermines the free expression that social media provides.
Regardless, the debate of monopolistic behavior versus free speech is likely to remain controversial, despite the outcome tomorrow.