Google and Apple conspire in secret pact to control the Internet

Google is a behemoth, controlling as much as 92% of internet web searches worldwide.

Finally, on October 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and 11 states filed a lawsuit against Google for violating anti-trust laws — the U.S. government’s biggest antitrust case in two decades.

It is noteworthy that all 11 states are red states in the 2016 presidential election: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina, and Texas. The other states must not care about Google being a monopoly that stifles and impedes competition. 

The DOJ’s press release of October 20, 2020 says:

As one of the wealthiest companies on the planet with a market value of $1 trillion, Google is the monopoly gatekeeper to the internet for billions of users and countless advertisers worldwide. For years, Google has accounted for almost 90 percent of all search queries in the United States and has used anticompetitive tactics to maintain and extend its monopolies in search and search advertising.

As alleged in the Complaint, Google has entered into a series of exclusionary agreements that collectively lock up the primary avenues through which users access search engines, and thus the internet, by requiring that Google be set as the preset default general search engine on billions of mobile devices and computers worldwide and, in many cases, prohibiting preinstallation of a competitor….

The Complaint alleges that Google’s anticompetitive practices have had harmful effects on competition and consumers. Google has foreclosed any meaningful search competitor from gaining vital distribution and scale, eliminating competition for a majority of search queries in the United States. By restricting competition in search, Google’s conduct has harmed consumers by reducing the quality of search (including on dimensions such as privacy, data protection, and use of consumer data), lessening choice in search, and impeding innovation. By suppressing competition in advertising, Google has the power to charge advertisers more than it could in a competitive market and to reduce the quality of the services it provides them. Through filing the lawsuit, the Department seeks to stop Google’s anticompetitive conduct and restore competition for American consumers, advertisers, and all companies now reliant on the internet economy.

In particular, the DOJ’s antitrust lawsuit targets a secret deal between Google and Apple, worth billions of dollars to both companies, by making Google the primary search engine on Apple’s devices.

According to the New York Times, the secret pact was first inked 15 years ago and has rarely been discussed by either company. 3½ years ago, Google and Apple renegotiated and renewed the secret deal, symbolized by the chief executives of the two companies, Google’s Sundar Pichai and Apple’s Tim Cook, having dinner together at an upscale Vietnamese restaurant, Tamarine, in Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, CA.

From the NYT:

Nearly half of Google’s search traffic now comes from Apple devices, according to the Justice Department….

Apple now receives an estimated $8 billion to $12 billion in annual payments — up from $1 billion a year in 2014 — in exchange for building Google’s search engine into its products. It is probably the single biggest payment that Google makes to anyone and accounts for 14 to 21 percent of Apple’s annual profits….

[A] senior Apple employee wrote to a Google counterpart that “our vision is that we work as if we are one company,” according to the Justice Department’s complaint.

A forced breakup could mean the loss of easy money to Apple. But it would be a more significant threat to Google, which would have no obvious way to replace the lost traffic….

The deal is not limited to searches in Apple’s Safari browser; it extends to virtually all searches done on Apple devices, including with Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri, and on Google’s iPhone app and Chrome browser.

A lucrative “secret pact”.

If the deal between Google and Apple were legitimate, there would be no need for secrecy.

The dictionary defines conspiracy as a “plot”; “an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons.

But we are told there are no conspiracies, and that those who think there are conspiracies are tinfoil hat-wearing “conspiracy theorists”….

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TrailDust
Admin
1 month ago

This needs to be a serious law suit, with pending criminal charges.

Emily Summer
Emily Summer
1 month ago
Reply to  TrailDust

Different laws and rules for me and thee.

Tim Shey
1 month ago

Always remember that the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are infinitely more powerful than Google or Apple. The prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

greenworxx
greenworxx
1 month ago

It was discussed on Infowars a couple of weeks or so ago they had information that Google, etc. may implement an internet kill switch around Nov. 1. Trump should have had the DOJ bring charges against them at least two years ago.

Last edited 1 month ago by greenworxx
DCG
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DCG
1 month ago
Reply to  greenworxx

Google working every angle: “Election Interference: Google Suppresses Breitbart News in Search – Even with Exact Headline”

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2020/10/27/election-interference-google-suppresses-breitbart-news-in-search-even-with-exact-headline/

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
1 month ago
Reply to  greenworxx

greenworxx . . . I certainly agree with you 100%. There should have been anti-trust suits brought up long, long before now. I can only hope that we see some successful results from this move. Trump needs to dump Wray from the FBI as soon as possible, so that we have someone who can actually function as the leader of our preeminent police force across America.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
1 month ago

I certainly have welcomed this anti-trust suit . . . I can only hope that Facebook, and Twitter get dealt with in the same fashion. It is absolutely anti-American what the large media companies are doing to the American public.

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
1 month ago

Google was the default search engine on my cell phone as well as this new computer I bought,but I changed both to other resources.first to Firefox,then Bing,now I’ve settled on Duck Duck Go. Hate the name,but it seems to work okay. I still use Firefox on the Computer just because I hate the Microsoft alternatives.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

Every Big Tech progressive’s dream:
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the truth of god
the truth of god
1 month ago

Joseph Goebbels would be proud of these 2 traitors. BOYCOTT as i do this is the only way to stop them is to stop the MONEY