Take Action: Tell Congress to Break Up Google!

Google’s U.S. monopoly on internet searches gives it the power to control nearly all online commerce in this country. A quick look through Google Ventures’ investments tells us where it would be most profitable for it to steer web traffic. With YouTube, Google controls a huge chunk of public discourse and the site has readily exercised its power to deplatform and censor news, views and commercial speech that runs contrary to Google’s business interests.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Break Up Google!

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Google plans to make money off synthetic meat and cheese through Impossible Foods, pharmaceutical-based, tech-implemented health care through Verily and Fitbit, and the pandemic industrial complex through the Metabiota’s virus hunting, gain-of-function experiments and pandemic insurance.

It’s already boosting these businesses by being the funnel through which nearly every American searches for information.

Through payments to phone and computer manufacturers, Google has created an illegal monopoly of the U.S. market for online searches, giving it control of 81 percent of all searches on desktop and 94 percent on mobile.

In 2019, Google brought in $34.3 billion in search revenue in the United States, and that’s expected to grow to $42.5 billion by 2022. Almost 50 percent of this revenue was generated on devices made by Apple, which Google pays $8 billion to $12 billion a year to remain the default search option. Google’s payments account for roughly 15 to 20 percent of Apple’s profits.

In 2020, Democratic lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee released a report accusing Google of controlling a monopoly over online searches and ads. Two weeks later, the Justice Department’s antitrust division filed a lawsuit arguing Google has illegally protected this monopoly.

In June, legislation passed the House Judiciary Committee that would make it harder for monopolistic companies like Google to buy competitors, give preference to their own services, or use their dominance in one business to gain an upper hand in another.

These constraints on Google’s power are desperately needed.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Break Up Google!

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