Watchdog Asks DOJ to Break Up Google to Stem a Monopoly

Thursday Apr 22nd 2010 by Staff

Consumer Watchdog has asked the Department of Justice to sue Google and consider breaking up the company.

eWeek: Yesterday, Consumer Watchdog officially requested that the Department of Justice sue Google and consider breaking up the tech giant into several smaller companies. "Google exerts monopoly power over Internet searches, controlling 70 percent of the U.S. market," Consumer Watchdog advocate John M. Simpson wrote in a letter addressed to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and his team at the DOJ. "For most Americans – indeed, for most people in the world – Google is the gateway to the Internet. How it tweaks its proprietary search algorithms can ensure a business's success or doom it to failure."

A Google spokesperson made light of the request, saying, "We totally understand that with size and success comes scrutiny. Although given their track record, even if we broke Google in half tomorrow, Consumer Watchdog would probably insist that we split halves into quarters."

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