In the leadup to the DOJ making a decision soon about whether or not to proceed with a case, Cotton reiterated to the agency that Google is not only in violation of antitrust law, but also guilty of tampering with search results while maintaining a monopolistic presence online.
"In recent weeks, news outlets have reported that the Department of Justice is nearing a decision about whether to take enforcement action against Google for anticompetitive behavior that violates U.S. antitrust law," Cotton wrote, citing a recent report published by Politico that discusses the DOJ's potential action against the company.
"I ask that the Department also investigate whether Google's dominance of online searches violates antitrust law," he added.
According to data compiled by Business Insider, upwards of 90 percent of all online searches worldwide take place through the Google platform. This is troubling when considering that evidence continues to emerge showing that Google is interfering with search results and even blocking certain websites from appearing at all.
The mere fact that Google continues to engage in "monopolistic behavior" warrants further action from the DOJ, Cotton contends, especially since Google is now using its power to support leftist causes. If Google is allowed to continue its current course, it could – and likely will – try to manipulate and steer voters away from voting for President Trump.
"More than 90 percent of global searches are conducted through Google's search engine, suggesting that Google has a monopoly of internet searches by any objective standard," Cotton explained.
"While monopolistic behavior alone should warrant Department action, it's even more alarming that reports suggest Google is using that monopoly to achieve political goals and influence American elections."
Cotton further pointed out that it is already on record that Google CEO Sundar Pichai lied to Congress about how his company's platform handles search results. Pichai falsely claimed that Google does not tamper with search results for political purposes, when in fact leaked documents show that the precise opposite is true.
"In December 2018, Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified before Congress that Google did not 'manually intervene' on any search results," Cotton pointed out.
"A source from Google, however, later reported to a news outlet that YouTube (owned by Google) manipulated search results related to abortion after a left-wing journalist complained about the prominence of pro-life videos on YouTube. After the journalist's inquiry, the search results were manipulated to feature more content supporting abortion from left-wing media."
Conservative media outlets are also being blocked or "blacklisted" by Google, which prevents their content from showing up in Google's "featured snippets" section. This, in effect, causes these sites to be demoted to the bottom of the search placement list along with other "fringe domains."
"Even where a user searches for an exact headline of an article that appears on a blacklisted website, they still may not find it," Cotton notes.
The end result of all this tampering and censorship is that most people who use Google to browse the internet are being prevented from accessing different perspectives on important issues that directly affect them. In other words, Google is "colluding" with the Left to present only leftist points of view, which is exactly what the Left falsely accused President Trump of doing with the Russians to "steal" the 2016 presidential election.
More related news about Google's monopolistic behavior, which includes the imminent threat of election tampering, is available at Censorship.news.
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