Google's Search Dominance #infographic


Google's Search Dominance #infographic

The domination of Google over the U.S. search market may in fact be characterized as monopolistic, as the following chart shows. Google's market share in the U.S. currently amounts to 81.5 percent on desktop computers and almost 95 percent on mobile devices (excluding tablets), according to Statcounter, a firm that monitors more than 10 billion pageviews across more than 2 million websites per month.

By calling it "deeply flawed," Google responded to the complaint, arguing that "people use Google because they want to, not because they are compelled to, or because they can't find alternatives." There would be nothing this lawsuit would do to benefit customers. On the contrary, it would promote lower-quality search alternatives artificially, increase telephone rates, and make it more difficult for people to get the search services they want to use.

On Tuesday morning, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Google for “unlawfully maintaining a monopoly in general search services and search advertising in violation of the U.S. antitrust laws.” The suit , which the DOJ describes as “ a monumental case for the Department of Justice and, more importantly, for the American consumer” in its official statement, accuses Google of being “a monopoly gatekeeper for the internet” engaging in “anticompetitive tactics to maintain and extent its monopolies”.

The DOJ takes particular offense in Google’s well-known practice of paying large amounts of money to device manufacturers , wireless carriers and browser developers to make sure Google is the default search engine on devices and within browsers. According to the DOJ’s findings, such agreements cover almost 60 percent of all search queries in the United States, with a large part of the remaining share funneled through Google’s own properties (e.g.

Chrome browser and computers running on Google). As a result, Google has become "so powerful that the DOJ writes in its lawsuit that" Google "is not just a noun to describe a corporation and the Google search engine, but also a verb that means to search the internet."

Google's Search Dominance #infographic

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