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DOJ’s Google Case Adds to the Mounting Scrutiny of Big Tech

  • Ad-tech suit is fifth targeting search giant on market power
  • Meta, Amazon, Apple face similar antitrust investigations
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The Justice Department’s lawsuit filed Tuesday against Alphabet Inc.’s Google adds more allegations of anticompetitive conduct to the mounting antitrust actions against a technology industry dominated by Google, Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc. and Meta Platforms Inc.

Lawmakers have accused these companies of acting as “gatekeepers” that use their structural advantages in the online economy to disadvantage competitors and stifle innovation. These four companies are facing or have been the targets of 15 antitrust investigations or complaints from federal and state enforcers challenging fundamental parts of their business models and, in some cases, seeking to unwind key acquisitions.