Ohio wants to turn Google into a “public service”

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The US state of Ohio has asked a court to classify Google as a “public services”, accusing the tech giant of exploiting its dominant position and “undermining competition”.

On Tuesday, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost launched an unprecedented court process to subject Google to the same legislation that applies to public services. “Google is using its dominant position in the field of Internet search engines to guide Ohioans to its products,” Yost said in a statement. “This discriminates and undermines competition.” Everyone has access to the relevant service.

And the attorney general gave an example of searching for an airline ticket, saying: “If the search leads a person to the “Google Flight” service, he will not see offers from competitors, including Orbitz and Travelocity.

Google responded that these prosecutions had no legal basis, and confirmed its intention to defend itself in court. A spokesman for the giant group said in response to questions by Agence France-Presse: “The quality of search engine results on Google will decline, and it will be difficult for small companies to communicate with customers,” in the event that the judiciary supports Dave Yost’s request.

“Ohioans absolutely do not want the government to run Google as if it were a gas or electric company,” the spokesperson added. Ohio is among many US states that have launched prosecutions against google end of 2020 for violating the right to compete.

On Monday, the French competition authority imposed Fine of €220 million on Google, because of its practices in the online advertising market, demanding the group pledges to make reforms that would have resonance on a global scale.





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