Mozilla defends Google in the antitrust lawsuit of U.S. Department of Justice. Mozilla has been able to keep up with the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit against Google and accusations of illegal monopoly through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the Internet search and advertising markets.
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This is not the first time that governments and competitors have accused Google in these terms, but the Department of Justice’s lawsuit may be a turning point and even force the company to “slice and dice” to prevent the alleged anti-competitive practices. A measure that has also been discussed against Facebook and Apple for the position of the App Store.
The demand is very strong and ensures that Google’s dominant position has harmed consumers, limited the options available, reduced innovation and led to costs not governed by free competition. Although the investigation is far from over, a Department of Justice spokesperson has said that they do not rule out taking whatever steps are necessary to end Google’s dominant position.
Mozilla defends Google in the antitrust lawsuit
The Department of Justice refers to the search agreement between Mozilla and Google as an example of Google’s monopolization of the search engine market in the United States. This has led the Foundation responsible for developments such as Firefox to come to the fore. And in terms, it might not have used if its survival did not depend on Google.
Like millions of Internet users, Mozilla says it shares the Department of Justice’s concerns about how the growing power of major technologies can deter innovation and reduce consumer choice. “We believe that scrutiny of these issues is healthy, and critical if we’re going to build a better internet. We also know from firsthand experience there is no overnight solution to these complex issues.”
Mozilla refers to the fact that its origins are closely related to the last major U.S. antitrust case against Microsoft in the 1990s, which some media are comparing in terms of its severity to the lawsuit against Google.
But you have to stand up for yourself: “Small and independent companies such as Mozilla thrive by innovating, disrupting and providing users with industry leading features and services in areas like search. The ultimate outcomes of an antitrust lawsuit should not cause collateral damage to the very organizations – like Mozilla – best positioned to drive competition and protect the interests of consumers on the web.”
Mozilla asserts that “Unintended harm to smaller innovators from enforcement actions will be detrimental to the system as a whole, without any meaningful benefit to consumers — and is not how anyone will fix Big Tech. Instead, remedies must look at the ecosystem in its entirety, and allow the flourishing of competition and choice to benefit consumers.”
While the Foundation is committed to considering the ecosystem as a whole and “allowing competition and choice to flourish to benefit consumers,” it is tiptoed by the Department of Justice’s criticism of Google. And it may be surprising considering that at the time its executives accused Google of “intentionally and systematically sabotaging Firefox” over the last decade to drive adoption of Chrome.
Mozilla defends Google in the antitrust lawsuit of U.S. Department of Justice. The problem here is Google’s total dependence on Mozilla. They recently extended the search agreement that ended in November 2020 by three more years. The Foundation’s current situation is not the best after the first operational losses in 20 years, the recent dismissal of 250 employees (25% of its staff no less) and Firefox’s worrying drop in market share.