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Google is facing Anti-trust lawsuits globally

Google is facing Anti-trust lawsuits globally




Now if you're a tech buff you'd be aware  that google is having a really terrible  week the tech giant is facing a string  of anti-trust probes and lawsuits  in different parts of the world in  america several state  attorneys general are all set to file an  anti-trust lawsuit against google this  is for monopolizing its play store on  android phones  in europe the eu is probing google's  misuse of power  in the online ad market and in india an  investigation has been launched by the  country's anti-trust body  it is probing if google is misusing its  position in the smart tv market  i know that's a lot to keep track of so  we've simplified a few things here  some questions surrounding these  developments what explains these  anti-trust lawsuits and investigations  and how much trouble is google in here's  a report  let's begin with some basics  what is an anti-trust lawsuit it's  simply a form of legal action  brought against parties who are charged  with limiting free competition in the  market  in simpler words such lawsuits prevent  companies from creating a monopoly  and who knows better about building  monopolies  than big tech the likes of facebook  amazon apple and twitter  they've all faced antitrust lawsuits in  the past  the latest addition could be google  in the united states a group of state  attorney generals  are planning to file a lawsuit against  google as early as next week  what triggered this numerous complaints  primarily  from app developers who accuse the tech  giant of  mismanaging its play store at their  expense  this includes apps like spotify and  tinder  which have time and again slammed google  for demanding  mandatory revenue sharing over the years  a plethora of anti-trust complaints have  been filed  by many such apps a lawsuit too has been  in the works for years  and after much delay it finally seems to  be close again  so what exactly is this lawsuit about  according to reports it will primarily  focus on two clauses  that google is said to be misusing one  making it mandatory for some apps to use  google's payment tools  to sell subscription and two making the  same app  share as much as 30 percent of their  sales  with google why is this lawsuit such a  big deal  because it's going to be a bipartisan  effort  involving both the democratic and  republican parties  together looking into the monopolistic  powers  of google it is unclear how many states  will participate  but the case is likely to be filed in  northern california  with the attorney generals of utah  tennessee north carolina  and new york leading the investigation  the trial may only take place in 2022  and google is already defined a google  spokesperson has said  android is the only major operating  system that allows people  to apps from multiple app  stores in fact  most android devices ship with two or  more app stores pre-installed  they can also install additional app  stores or apps  directly from their browser if they  choose  now as the search giant awaits a setback  in its home country  thousands of miles away in europe it has  already suffered one  antitrust authorities in the european  union have opened a  formal investigation into google's role  and functioning  in the online ad market according to the  eu the probe will assess  whether google has violated the eu's  competition rules  by favoring its online advertising  technology  and hurting competition the probe will  try to find out  if google is restricting user data  access to third parties  and reserving such data for its own  advertising purposes  the next challenge will be in india the  competition commission of  india the country's antitrust watchdog  has ordered an investigation  into allegations that google has abused  the dominant position of android  in india's smart tv market the  commission has said and i quote  by making pre-installation of google's  apps for  all android devices manufactured by  device manufacturers  google has reduced the ability and  incentive of device manufacturers  to develop and sell devices operating on  alternative versions of android  the concerns are not manufactured in  2019  8 million smart tvs were sold in india  after which sixty percent were part  with google's android operating system  why was this operating system installed  was it in compliance  with india's laws the probe will find  out from america to the european union  and  india it's been a tough week for google  and the days ahead  don't look any better.

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