Infographic: Google’s Search Dominance

20201021_Google_Search_IBT Market share of the three most popular search engines in the United States in September 2020 Photo: Statista/IBT

On Tuesday morning, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Google for “unlawfully maintaining a monopoly in general search services and search advertising in violation of the U.S. antitrust laws.” The suit, which the DOJ describes as “a monumental case for the Department of Justice and, more importantly, for the American consumer” in its official statement, accuses Google of being “a monopoly gatekeeper for the internet” engaging in “anticompetitive tactics to maintain and extend its monopolies”.

The DOJ takes particular offense to Google’s well-known practice of paying large amounts of money to device manufacturers, wireless carriers, and browser developers to make sure Google is the default search engine on devices and within browsers. According to the DOJ’s findings, such agreements cover almost 60 percent of all search queries in the

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