Google was ordered by a federal judge last week to hand over documents related to potential censorship by the company, following a lawsuit by the video sharing platform, Rumble.
Rumble claims the megacorporation uses, “various agreements with Android-based mobile smart device manufacturers and distributors to ensure its monopoly of the video platform market,” and, “these agreements ‘to ensure that its entire suite of search-related products (including YouTube) is given premium placement on Android GMS devices.’”
U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam concluded Rumble adequately argued that Google is violating Section 2 of the Sherman Act, in a decision released last week, given that the company, “maintains monopoly power in the online video platform market, asserting that YouTube controls 73% of global online video activity.”
The judge also decided Rumble successfully argued that Google brings, “no valid business purpose or benefit to users, [by designing] its search engine algorithms to show users YouTube links instead of links to its competitors’ sites.”
Following the judge’s decision to block Google’s attempts at dismissing the case, Rumble will now have the ability to obtain internal Google documents on algorithm manipulation — which would provide new insight for the public, into Google’s search engine preferences, according to Just the News.
The lawsuit against Google comes as it, and other Big Tech monopolies, have faced multiple challenges to their business practices in recent months.
In July, a federal judge ordered Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to hand over internal documents between the tech giants and the Biden administration — related to censoring, “disfavored speakers, viewpoints, and content.”
With increasing attention now on the various Silicon Valley companies which rule the internet, Congress has begun to take action. The “American Choice and Innovation Online Act,” was introduced in the House earlier this year.
The bill, however, has been unable to reach the floor this session as the Californian delegation, which is comprised of both Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), have repeatedly squandered any attempts to have the legislation voted on, TIME reported.
With Congress set to recess on August 8th, the likelihood of Congressional action to reign in Big Tech has likely died down until after the midterm elections this November. So lawsuits like the one brought by Rumble may be the only way to bring down this monopolistic house of cards — one brick at a time.
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