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Ohio’s Attorney General filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Google, arguing that the company should be treated and regulated as a public utility given its dominance in the search market.

“Google uses its dominance of internet search to steer Ohioans to Google’s own products — that’s discriminatory and anti-competitive,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said in a press release. “When you own the railroad or the electric company or the cellphone tower, you have to treat everyone the same and give everybody access.”

Public utilities are entities deemed to provide essential goods and services to people, like water, telephone, gas, and transportation companies. The lawsuit argues that residents are left in the dark since they don’t have the full breadth of information available when Google prioritizes its own products, like Google Flights, ahead of competitors like Orbitz or Travelocity.

The suit calls for Google to offer rivals’ results as often as it does its own and stop placing its own products first. The lawsuit is not seeking monetary damages. 

A Google spokesperson told Insider that “Google Search is designed to provide people with the most relevant and helpful results.”

“AG Yost’s lawsuit would make Google Search results worse and make it harder …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Technology


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