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Big Tech Ended by Stunning Revelation

This most recent revelation will bring them down.

Attorney General William Barr’s December 23 resignation caught many in the tech accountability movement by surprise.

Barr was a driving force behind the Justice Department’s landmark Google antitrust suit in October. His departure has understandably raised questions about the future of the department’s second antitrust investigation against Google and the general approach the Trump DoJ will take towards the company as it nears the end of its term.

This concern from Big Tech’s critics is explicable. Given the tech-friendly staff that Joe Biden continues to appoint and float as cabinet picks, the president-elect doesn’t appear to be a tech hawk like many in the current administration. That means supporters of the cause need to get as much as they can done now before it’s too late.

Thankfully for their sake, the Trump DoJ remains in good hands and is unlikely to take its foot off the gas in its final few weeks on the job.

Barr’s gloves were indeed off during the DoJ’s October investigation into Google. That said, it was the new Acting Attorney General, Jeffrey Rosen, who was the lead point man of that probe. There’s no reason to believe he won’t carry out the second Google investigation with any less force. He is well-positioned to advance the agency’s efforts in the next 20 days to a point where a Biden White House wouldn’t be able to stop the momentum.

Even if there was reason to believe that this unexpected transition of DoJ leadership would adversely affect the department’s progress, there would still be no reason to think that Google would get off the hook. Over the last couple of weeks, many of the 50 states recently signed on to blockbuster lawsuits against the company that the incoming administration won’t have the power or authority to stop.

One coalition of attorneys general filed a lawsuit in early December claiming that Google manipulates its search engine to favor its own products and services. The lawsuit argues that Google’s tight hold on the search market allows it to act as a gatekeeper to businesses that rely on web sales for survival. Considering that only 5 percent of internet searches make it past the first results page, a site’s spot in the result order makes a huge difference for companies looking for traffic.

That Google potentially uses its position as internet gatekeeper to favor itself and stifle competition is grounds for a massive fine or more.

This lawsuit wasn’t the only non-DoJ related legal bombshell to drop against Google this month. Another group of AGs filed complaints about Google’s digital advertising industry. They provided evidence that Google has rigged the ad market to limit competition and keep prices high.

In some instances, Google made deals with potential rivals to redirect business towards them. The law has a word for this: collusion. The arrangements weren’t just agreed to by handshake; they are allegedly documented and could end the big tech oligarchy as we know it in one fell swoop. No amount of lobbying can make hard evidence disappear.

While these lawsuits and the appeals that will inevitably come with them will take years to conclude, one case is actually nearing its final verdict relatively soon.

After a decade of legal wrangling, Google v. Oracle should have a verdict by the beginning of this summer. Presented to the Supreme Court in October, the case centers on whether or not Google stole over 11,000 lines of code from the Java library when it created the Android mobile operating system. Given that the company initially asked for licensing terms, it certainly appears that it did take this coding unlawfully, ostensibly to save money on development and fast-track its product to the market.
Fast forward to the present, and the Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling could very well kick off a year of severe legal headaches for the Silicon Valley giant.

While Barr will be missed for his tenacity and audacious pursuit of justice, he’s left his work and legacy in the hands of a seasoned professional who will ensure that his work in reining in the tech sector monopoly withstands even the swampiest of D.C. storms.

Sure, big tech firms like Google may fill the next administration, but these officials won’t be able to stop all of these state and federal cases that already exist. Even more lawsuits may be on the way, and the more punches thrown at Google, the more likely that one will land.

Much is still uncertain for the future ahead, but one thing is clear: the easy ride for Big Tech is over.

Sources: American Thinker: What AG Barr’s Departure Means for Google

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Written by Joshua Jackson

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  1. Glad to hear action is being taken against google. Their actions in this 2020 election showed how they contributed to the election fraud by censoring anything positive or affiliated to POTUS Trump. They are a business subject to regulations and if they don’t comply they should be held accountable. This post will probably be moderated then deleted as is their mojo.

  2. If an outfit that big starts out with rules, that’s one thing. If a company that huge and powerful starts life with NO regulations, I dont see the DOJ or anyone else put the brakes on em!

  3. Section 230 of the Communications Act has to go. Even if Pres. Trump makes it go away by executive order. Let the internet companies and the Dept. of Justice fight it out in court.

  4. I was not impressed with William Barr. “Considering how long it took him to resign! Says it all!”
    I would Politely answer his sarcasem:
    “I’m so glad you are taking this so well but of course, you realized you were in over your head!”
    Pause…..
    “Oh!….. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!”

  5. Trump complains about everything, you should all be tired of whining, blaming, chaos, corruption and incompetence. He is America’s anti-Christ.

  6. our government has been populated by people with self interests that scatter when the going gets rough or they will be exposed. the problem has been that retirement has ended too many investigations. how many regular citizens get to do that when caught braking laws? it seems that government has become saturated with corruption that has one goal make as much money as they can of the system and ruin any honest person that try’s to stop them. —————-Grampa

  7. Encouraged that in spite of Barr’s laying down the project there could be consequences for Google and others. Our country is in a sad condition of corruptness and lawlessness. I hope there will be some changes that stops some of their mischief.
    LC

  8. All of Big Tech stole some to all of their technology. Lots of lawsuits prove it, and the Gag orders that eventually protected Big Tech. Big Tech used their huge profits to maliciously influence the 2020 Election, and all of Big Tech (Yahoo, Twitter, Google, Facebook, YouTube, etc.) have maliciously used their platforms to illegally influence the 2020 Election, and are still illegally censoring and influencing America’s politics. They must be stopped.

  9. I want to see markie SUCKaTURD swinging from a rope under the Helicopter when President Trump flies of to Kennebunkport this week end. Make sure the knot is tight around his neck and the 500lb weight around his ankles is tight to. Next flight can be for Twatters asswipe ceo

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