Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) to ensure that the agency’s antitrust investigation looks into Google’s search operations.The two senators noted in their letter that the European Union fined Google $2.7 billion for manipulating search results and a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation, which found that the search giant manipulated its search algorithm as early as 2012. The senators wrote: Google enjoys market dominance in online advertising, but it has that dominance in substantial part because of its enormous search engine market share. Google’s online advertising conduct is inextricably linked to Google’s search activities. It is critical to remember that the company’s primary function is supplying a search engine to users, producing billions of search results for Americans every week. Narrowing the investigation’s focus such that Google’s anticompetitive practices to dominate the online search market is not captured does a grave disservice to consumers. Hawley has served as one of the more vocal big tech lawmakers. He was the first attorney general to launch an antitrust investigation into Google and has called on the FTC to release its full 2012 report on Google’s… Read full this story
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