In a lawsuit that filed earlier this week, the United States Department of Justice accuses Google of violating Section 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act. The 64-page complaint alleges that the company was guilty of "practices that are harmful to competition."
Η case has remarkable similarities to the Microsoft v. US case that took place two decades ago. The case focused on Microsoft illegally using the Internet Explorer web browser with Windows to stop the competition. The latest lawsuit alleges that Google is forcing device makers to include the company's apps and search services on Android mobile devices, strengthening its monopoly on advertising and search.
Microsoft was eventually found guilty in this landmark lawsuit, although an appeals court rejected the judge's recommendation that the company should "break" its services. Google lawsuit does not suggest solutions.
If the US lawsuit against Microsoft is a guide, then we are at the beginning of a long legal process. As it begins, we would like to hear your views on what this antitrust action means and how it can end.
Based on what you know so far, do you think Google should be found guilty? And if the court finds her guilty, what do you think would be the best solution?
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