It Begins – DOJ Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google Inc…

Of all the seismic events surrounding the architecture of the deep state, the mechanisms within the swamp and the universe that surrounds all of the ancillary aspects we have come to categorize under names such as “Obamagate”, “Spygate”, “FISAgate” and the surveillance state writ large, none are as universally important as this one.

In the most significant measure this foundation is the “there” in the phrase: “there are trillions at stake.”  This is the substrate that holds the swamp in place.  It was not coincidental the Big Tech conglomeration was the first and primary focus of Obama’s Chicago network.  The downstream consequences cannot be overstated.

The DOJ has filed the class action lawsuit against Google Inc [pdf here], and while Google, and their subsidiaries (YouTube etc) are the secondary targets don’t think for a second that this does not touch on every single aspect of the ancillary technology monopoly; that includes social media platforms.

In short, this is a big effen deal.

FROM THE DOJ – Today, the Department of Justice — along with eleven state Attorneys General — filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop Google from unlawfully maintaining monopolies through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and search advertising markets and to remedy the competitive harms. The participating state Attorneys General offices represent Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina, and Texas.

“Today, millions of Americans rely on the Internet and online platforms for their daily lives.  Competition in this industry is vitally important, which is why today’s challenge against Google — the gatekeeper of the Internet — for violating antitrust laws is a monumental case both for the Department of Justice and for the American people,” said Attorney General William Barr.

“Since my confirmation, I have prioritized the Department’s review of online market-leading platforms to ensure that our technology industries remain competitive.  This lawsuit strikes at the heart of Google’s grip over the internet for millions of American consumers, advertisers, small businesses and entrepreneurs beholden to an unlawful monopolist.”

 “As with its historic antitrust actions against AT&T in 1974 and Microsoft in 1998, the Department is again enforcing the Sherman Act to restore the role of competition and open the door to the next wave of innovation—this time in vital digital markets,” said Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen.

As one of the wealthiest companies on the planet with a market value of $1 trillion, Google is the monopoly gatekeeper to the internet for billions of users and countless advertisers worldwide. For years, Google has accounted for almost 90 percent of all search queries in the United States and has used anticompetitive tactics to maintain and extend its monopolies in search and search advertising.

As alleged in the Complaint, Google has entered into a series of exclusionary agreements that collectively lock up the primary avenues through which users access search engines, and thus the internet, by requiring that Google be set as the preset default general search engine on billions of mobile devices and computers worldwide and, in many cases, prohibiting preinstallation of a competitor. In particular, the Complaint alleges that Google has unlawfully maintained monopolies in search and search advertising by:

  • Entering into exclusivity agreements that forbid preinstallation of any competing search service.
  • Entering into tying and other arrangements that force preinstallation of its search applications in prime locations on mobile devices and make them undeletable, regardless of consumer preference.
  • Entering into long-term agreements with Apple that require Google to be the default – and de facto exclusive – general search engine on Apple’s popular Safari browser and other Apple search tools.
  • Generally using monopoly profits to buy preferential treatment for its search engine on devices, web browsers, and other search access points, creating a continuous and self-reinforcing cycle of monopolization.

These and other anticompetitive practices harm competition and consumers, reducing the ability of innovative new companies to develop, compete, and discipline Google’s behavior.  (read more)

The Statement from AG Bill Barr is HERE

…”The complaint filed today against Google is based on violations of the U.S. antitrust laws and is separate and distinct from concerns raised about content moderation and political censorship by online platforms. As part of the Department’s broader review of market-leading online platforms, we listened to myriad public concerns about how online platforms fail their users. While many of the concerns we heard were competition-related, others were not – like online child exploitation, public safety, and censorship. Outside the Antitrust Division, the Department has considered these issues separately, including by advocating for Section 230 legislative reforms. Our antitrust investigation of Google, by contrast, is based solely on traditional antitrust principles and is aimed at promoting consumer welfare through robust competition.” (more)

On May 28th, after President Trump signed an executive order targeting on-line censorship, CTH wrote a twitter thread about it.  There had to be a breaking point where the FCC or DOJ stepped-in to address the issues if our constitutional republic is to survive.

[Read Executive Order Here] – In the periphery of this executive action there was a widespread expectation of this antitrust lawsuit against Google Inc and their affiliated companies. The controlling ideology of ‘big tech’ merges with legal action by the DOJ.

There have been visible signals, subtle but visible, the DOJ was about to move on a massive (the biggest in history) antitrust lawsuit against Google and all affiliates.

The issue did not necessarily surface as most would think; via a bias based on conservative -vs- leftist ideology in content manipulation; though those underlying aspects are a part of the larger underpinning we will soon see surface.

Antitrust lawsuits, writ large, are based on “prices”, “costs”, and net “financial” distortions caused by corporations not competing based on open commerce. “Antitrust” in it’s structural form is based on costs and the manipulation of prices.  Essentially, controlled commerce.

In the digital sphere the targeted firms have not opened themselves to liability based on ideology; but rather Google, all subsidiaries and alliances, have opened themselves to antitrust violations through the manipulation and control of financial benefit.

Demonitization of digital platform content providers, in combination with Google’s control of almost all ad revenue in the digital space, is what has opened the door for DOJ intervention based on antitrust laws.

Antitrust intervention is warranted because the content being generated on these on-line, digital platforms, is being arbitrarily valued by the media company GoogleAds and not the free market. Directing pathways and content promotion is another former of devaluation. Devaluing certain content they are ideologically opposed to creates consumer distortions.

Underpinning that revenue control is the ideological nature of the control enforcer, in this example Google. However, for the purpose of antitrust lawsuits, that motive is irrelevant.

The methods, practices and purposeful control of value; through collusion of corporate interest specific to a planned and organized effort to control monetary benefit; is the part of their activity that is quantifiable, discoverable, easily provable, and ultimately unlawful.

The financial distortion of internet commerce is the crack in the Big Tech stranglehold that should afford the DOJ the opportunity to step in.  Google (and all subsidiaries) will lose on the substance of their defense because ultimately their business practice has resulted in, and arguably they have engaged in, price fixing.

It will take time, but from an optimistic position the DOJ take action will eventually force Google into a settlement.  There could be a massive financial settlement in addition to a negotiated Consent Decree. Within the decree terms, we could/should see a break-up.

Any antitrust action is only tangentially related to President Trump’s previous confrontation with Twitter and big tech social media based on ideological lines. However, it is easy to see how the two issues will merge.  The monetary distortions are based on ideology.

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105 Responses to It Begins – DOJ Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google Inc…

  1. SharkDiver says:

    If Biden wins (unlikely in my view), this goes nowhere.

    Liked by 4 people

    • andrewalinxs says:

      I disagree. Dems love getting Money and thus if Google had to pay billions to the Government they would happily take it for their pet projects. Don’t forget socialist arm have been bashing the evil corporations and their monopoly on the sidelines they have no problems shaking google down and forcing them into paying fines. They wouldn’t start it but if they see themselves getting the benefits they wont stop it.

      Liked by 7 people

      • numbersixdance says:

        The money that Holder extorted from the financial firms under the O admin… specifically “settlements” ended up in pro marxist organizations more than likely predecessors to BLM.

        Liked by 5 people

        • andrewalinxs says:

          Correct it did. They would do the same here the point is once DoJ filed the government as a whole had a vested interest. Greed of billions is hard for Government bureaucrats to turn down the real fight at this point will be who gets control of what to do with the money.

          That is what the Election will be deciding when ti comes to this suite. Google is going to have to pay the question for them is how much are they going to have to pay and will the be broken up?

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      • MJ Alexander says:

        Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if Google, et al, were already on the list of downstream benefactors of The Big Guy.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Zoe says:

        Especially if liawatha has any seat at the table.

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    • Pineo Man says:

      Period.

      Liked by 1 person

    • whoseyore says:

      Well, Biden is not going to win, so perhaps you can get some sleep tonight.

      Liked by 5 people

  2. Even if PDJT wins, it may no go nowhere if the “wrong” judge is assigned the case.

    Liked by 6 people

    • The Demon Slick says:

      If you’re a normal rule following person with an online business, you will either fail, or you will pay google the juice. If you pay google you can get on the first page of the search results. If you don’t you won’t and your business will die. That is their business model. Manipulating search results. It’s been that way since they began.

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    • AustinHoldout says:

      Right now, tech investors and developers are focused on things other than creating search engines to compete with Google. The possibility of having a crack in the almighty Google will stimulate competition. Despite Barr’s statement that this is not about censorship, “there’s more than one way to skin a cat”. More competition means Google loosing revenue to other platforms who don’t censor, which will cause them to evaluate the cost of their ideology. Will Their investors be willing to lose profits to Continue promoting an ideology? Seems like a great strategy to get the industry’s attention. It’s like getting Al Capone for tax evasion. Not his biggest crime but the one that could easily be proven, and he was incarcerated nonetheless.

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  3. sarasotosfan says:

    No mention of Java and how Google took it to use as the foundation of Android and not compensating Oracle?

    Google should be forced to spin off the operating system with a significant piece going to Oracle.

    Liked by 10 people

    • GB Bari says:

      But does Oracle tailor its platforms from an ideologically letfwing view as well?
      I don’t see the gain if true.

      I agree that market distortion via price control & fixing is the “lowest hanging branch” here for the DOJ but Leftist ideology pervades almost ALL Big Tech companies so while they might be prohibited from demonetizing certain content, it won’t p[revcent them from outright censoring content based upon an arbitrary determination of accuracy to truth; or an arbitrary determination of certain content’s potential to be “harmful” to some viewers, etc.

      Eventually the censoring of certain anti-globalist, conservative content must be dealt with head-on, because it violates the First Amendment while the privately-owned platforms have become too large and universal to NOT be considered an online extension of the “public square.”

      Liked by 11 people

      • MJ Alexander says:

        That’s hopefully where a re-write of CDA’s Section 230 will come in.

        Liked by 6 people

        • Dutchman says:

          Yes, “We” need a two-prongued approach, maybe more. Perhaps a whole fork full of tines. Yes, we need to FORK them.

          This DOJ action on monopoly. 230 reform, either by legislation, OR administrative ruling.

          Lawsuits, both by individuals or class action, for being demonetised.

          In kind Campaign contributions, so MASSIVE campaign finance violations, so YUGE fine to pay.

          Nunes and other prominent individuals suing for being “blocked” until they remove content. The WH Press Secretary? Are you F’ing KIDDING ME?

          Big Tech?,….FORK ’em!!!

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      • sarasotosfan says:

        GB, this isn’t about left or right. It is about Google compensating Oracle for their use of Java.Google should not own the Android toll booth exclusively.

        I am not an Oracle stock owner either.

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      • dd_sc says:

        Oracle tailor its platforms from an ideologically letfwing

        Oracle is pretty apolitical as far as I can tell.

        Former CEO and founder Larry Ellison has held fundraisers for President Trump as recently as February 2020. Some Oracle employees threatened to stop work for a few hours to protest Ellison hosting the event, but I think the company itself stays focused on software development.

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  4. My first glance…eff u b.b.
    Now I’ll read the post.

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  5. uncreativ says:

    I see this as an opening salvo against all the tech companies as well. But I think, as you allude to, this is the crack in their armor that lets the DOJ inside their organizations for a deep dive. My assumption is that lawsuits like this which have discovery and potential to make public motivations for their actions (bot financial AND political), the warning to all the big tech firms is that they risk similar discovery as Google will soon go through. Twitter and Facebook should both take notice.

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  6. Oh, poof. This is just Barr telling us, and the President, “Don’t bother me about anything else — hint, hint, nudge, nudge — I am going to be busy with Google badness, whatever it may be. He might as well be playing bagpipes as he does it. He is a liar, and a do-nothing.

    I don’t recall anything meaningful coming out of the Microsoft affair, way back when, so why bring it up as if something did?

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    • zimbalistjunior says:

      agreed
      its a Barr sop to the right-wing
      he thinks it buys him goodwill
      feh
      no indictments of deep state coup plotters, no goodwill for Barr.
      put up or shut up

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    • Gregory Sloop says:

      I use Chrome as my web browser. If not for the DOJ suit against Microsoft, wouldn’t we all be using Internet Explorer? Didn’t the lawsuit have some effect? I’m trying to get a feel for what might be the outcome of this lawsuit.

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      • mike says:

        We got chrome and firefox out of the microsoft settlement. Microsoft investors got a lost decade of zero returns until Baumer was ousted. The people that run the FED and all investing in the US refused to invest in Microsoft until a foreigner took over. Because racism/sexim, anti white male.

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      • BruceC says:

        Microsoft Edge now uses Chromium as its platform;

        From MS Edge’s ‘About’ page;

        This browser is made possible by the Chromium open source project and other open source software.
        Microsoft Edge
        © 2020 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

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      • dd_sc says:

        Only on the Windows operating system. If you used a Mac or Unix-like operating system, you had other options.

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      • Joemama says:

        Chrome is Google’s browser. If you have a problem with Google creating a dossier on you, with every website that you ever visited, you might consider ditching Chrome.

        I recommend Brave browser and duckduckgo as the search engine. It is fast and doesn’t spy on you.

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        • BruceC says:

          Brave Browser is also based on Chromium, from the ‘About’ page;

          Version 1.15.75 Chromium: 86.0.4240.99 (Official Build) (64-bit)

          … as is Avast Secure Browser.

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    • Winston says:

      Yup, there were PLENTY of reasons to do this YEARS ago, but it just happens to occur this close to an election. If Biden wins, it goes away. If Trump wins, it curries favor with him. On Google’s influence over the election, its does nothing other than maybe giving Google/YouTube a reason to go even more all out than they already have.

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    • dd_sc says:

      Nothing meaningful – and Microsoft wasn’t broken up – because Microsoft won the case on appeal. MS made a deal with DOJ. In exchange for not breaking up the company, MS didn’t lock out other software like Firefox.

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  7. luke says:

    My question is does this create a ripple effect to Twitter and Facebook? Does anyone think this will make them behave? I wasn’t sure if this was significant or not.

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  8. Rix Six says:

    Barr is trying to make himself relevant? create a legacy?

    If this goes to fruition, I hope that the monies google has to pay is large enough so that those that were de-platformed can file to get a large piece of it, a life changing compensation.

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  9. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    Sooner or later Google-SKYNET will have to be closely examined, completely disassembled and smashed into little bitty pieces.

    But right now massive voter fraud is being perpetrated by the Democratic Party across the nation and one scheme has been uncovered and documented this week down in Houston, Texas of all places. The state Attorney General or USAG Bill Barr needs to look into this ASAP!

    Liked by 7 people

    • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

      Looks like the TX SecState and the Fan Belt Inspectors are “looking into this.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Sherri Young says:

      The Texas Attorney General and the FBI both are on the case.

      Before anyone groans too loudly about having the feds involved, please take a moment to see who is the US Attorney for the Southern District of Texas. He would be none other than Ryan Patrick, son of the rather conservative Lt. Governor of Texas, Dan Patrick.

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  10. lieutenantm says:

    So, filing this action in the 9th circuit is a questionable strategy.

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    • dd_sc says:

      Is DOJ required to file an antitrust suit in the district where the company is hedquarterd (Mountain View, CA in this instance)?

      May not have had a choice.

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  11. oldjunkfixer says:

    3 1/2 years too late!

    Liked by 3 people

  12. annieoakley says:

    Is Google so big it cannot be sued? It it bigger than the US Government?

    Liked by 1 person

    • hocuspocus13 says:

      Wasn’t Google in court this week?
      🍁
      Being sued by another company that claims Google stole its business information in which Google used to then became the monster it is today…
      🍁
      Project Veritas has a new undercover video out about Google

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      • Rhoda R says:

        Oracle has been suing Google but I don’t know if it has reached the courts yet. I do know that the courts have ruled that the suit can go forward. That is what Senator Whitehouse was nattering about during the ACB nomination hearings.

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  13. thedoc00 says:

    Hopefully they have consulted with EU Lawyers to obtain evidence and trial transcripts for the hearing in the EU for the same crimes. The EU annually milks money from Google and Micro-Soft for anti-trust issues, through their court system.

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  14. pocaMAGAjunta says:

    There is a sequence of events required to drain the swamp. Arresting the members of the previous administration is not the highest priority. Taking control of the infrastructure and weapons by which our freedoms have been attacked is paramount. We all want justice, but if the weapons against us remain, then others will simply continue to violate the rights of American citizens.

    The battle for control of technology is World War III.

    Liked by 10 people

    • Peoria Jones says:

      Yes, and probably the educational system as well. Unfortunately, these are going to be long, bloody, expensive battles.

      Liked by 4 people

    • Jeem says:

      Amen pocaMAGAjunta…first take away their weapons; their YUGE weapons, but in the meantime, I wish we could get some 702 quires going on all of the evil Obama-related actors so that we can actually see behind the curtain and take them out as well… and as a starter, someone needs to send Wiener’s laptop to Rudy…ummmmmm hummmmmm.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Dutchman says:

      You are correct, that its about PRIORITIES.

      One of the FIRST things PDJT did, even before transition, was continue to use HIS OWN security, dven as he had his security team vet the SS, and clean house from the Obummer drunk and whoring SS detail.

      PRIORITIES

      Get reelected. THEN focus on “Whats next?”

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    • regitiger says:

      so that would be the obliterating secret police state spy powers.

      nuking the FBI and DOJ

      and stop buying from

      walmart target Sam’s club costco home depot lowes GM and Ford

      and of course not using bookface twatter instagram youtube Microsoft..all isps and every cable provider and cell setvice

      yes..big corp has zero interest in your concerns. in fact they are adversarial to your interest.

      you are the product

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  15. amjean says:

    So, a media, FBI and DOJ blackout on the Bidens and in its place
    we find out 4 Russians have been indicted who will never come to this
    country for trial and Barr is going after Google. Hurrah!

    Sorry, not what I want to see now.

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  16. 4sure says:

    Experts say the DOJ has a weak case. Alphabet stock was up on the news. Financial gurus say that Alphabet broken up will be worth more.

    If this case goes like MSFT case, it will drag on for years.

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    • thedoc00 says:

      The Euro-Justice civil system in many ways in not much different than the US System. They have been milking Google, Facebook and Micro-Soft over privacy, access and anti-trust for the past few years via the courts.

      Hopefully the DoJ recognizes there is more in Europe to find than the President Bank records. There is mountains of evidence and court hearing transcripts for them to use as reference or even directly as evidence.

      While this is a big deal, I am worried as are others that this is a major “look squirrel” moment being created by DoJ. Because their current squirrels have all failed miserably.

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    • Free Speech says:

      I’d be interested to know what the experts think a strong case is.

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  17. OffCourseNation says:

    “Of all the seismic events surrounding the architecture of the deep state, the mechanisms within the swamp and the universe that surrounds all of the ancillary aspects we have come to categorize under names such as “Obamagate”, “Spygate”, “FISAgate” and the surveillance state writ large, none are as universally important as this one.”

    Censor Gate.

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    • GB Bari says:

      “Censor Gate”

      Log it. That’s the official term.

      Liked by 3 people

      • Peoria Jones says:

        I love the term, but the censoring is a separate issue. This suit is about antitrust – which will likely take years. Not sure when/if we will ever see the censorship issue resolved.

        Liked by 2 people

        • GB Bari says:

          It’s the monopolistic behavior which enabled widespread censorship. However if Google et all are ultimately split up, my thinking leads me to think that it may not stop the censorship.

          Thats because the CEO’s and staff of the smaller firms could very likely also be virulently Leftist, anti-American and thus they could implement similar “algorithms” to stifle certain viewpoints.

          The theory here is that if they have to compete in the marketplace, smaller firms must do whatever it takes to gain (and maintain) market share, so they might not censor content based on political / ideological lines.

          But IMHO, that’s still not really solid ground on which to build a conservative platform…

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  18. RedDawn says:

    Eleven AGs, signed on? Eleven? That’s all we could manage?

    Liked by 3 people

    • Dutchman says:

      Perhaps those are the only ones not owned by $oro$ or the CCP?

      See if the suit is a headfake, as a way of detirmining where the State A.G.’s are coming from. Its a TEST, like the “Ghomert Tests”.

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  19. maggie0987 says:

    What a bunch of moaning minnies here so far!

    Liked by 3 people

  20. Joe says:

    Sundance,

    Can you address what we might expect the downstream impact to Google to be as stockholders will now seek restitution due to the expected loss in stock value as a result of the market manipulation to strangle conservative viewpoints?

    Thanks
    Joe

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  21. Leon Brozyna says:

    It’s a start. Real reform of Section 230 is needed to curtail the social media’s throttling of content it dislikes.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Joe says:

      That will not solve that issue. Consider that removal of the Section 230 protections will mean they simply due not have immunity against defamation cases. Meaning the platforms will be considered publishers. Just like the NYT, WPost, or CNN.

      They can still throttle comments they do not like. Just like a the NYT is not obligated to publish an op-ed you submit.

      The real change that needs to happen is the reversal of the NYT v. Sullivan. That would mean that public officials (famous) would no longer have a higher hurdle to jump to sue the publisher for defamation.

      That is why Justice Thomas has been begging for someone to sue.

      That will hopefully be Devin Nunes with his case against Ryan Lizza and Hearst Magazines . He had his defamation case dismissed in August due to need to prove actual malice. I hope he appeals. The appeals court will refuse to overturn the dismissal and he will then be able to petition the SCOTUS for relief.

      At that time we might be able to see some changes.

      Justice Thomas wrote:

      “We did not begin meddling in this area until 1964, nearly 175 years after the First Amendment was ratified,” Justice Thomas wrote of the Sullivan decision. “The states are perfectly capable of striking an acceptable balance between encouraging robust public discourse and providing a meaningful remedy for reputational harm.”

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    • regitiger says:

      I look forward to the day when big tech can ve sued bigly for publishing false misleading inaccurate horse manure

      there were many people devastated by a storm of misinformarion campaigns.

      i personally will hold a celebratory BBQ when that day comes.

      in the meantime… I’ll still bbq of course

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  22. rahrahred says:

    The picture is worth a thousand words…scandal free presidency…sure.
    But, I can’t help visualizing a big lake of corruption, lies, and fraud that we keep tossing pebbles into…It causes a splash and we see the ripples, but eventually it dissipates and the surface takes on a glassy image while the pebbles sink to the bottom never to be seen again. One can hope for an experienced dive team to recover the evidence and bring justice to the shores of our republic.

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  23. Publius2016 says:

    YES!

    Miscounts

    Throttling

    Disappeared posts content collaborators

    Yes, its their platform but that doesn’t mean they get to destroy your effort hard work and accounting terms “goodwill!”

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  24. HickTick says:

    Look at the squirrel over here pay no attention to the one robbing the bank , This is much more important than a cantidate for president that is compromised and a national security threat to foreign governments that have already bribed him for any thing they want , If he got elected he would be impeached in 30 days

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  25. R F Burns says:

    Interesting developments in this. An October surprise? More distractions from more pressing issues? Could it be a way to crack open and deal with ongoing corruption behind the scenes? Who can know with certainty given the less than credible media for reporting and the untrustworthy DOJ to investigate/prosecute (looking at you FIB).

    I am not going to make any specific predictions of the outcome of this knowing something of the case of Microsoft back in the day. I think what is more likely is that the tangential discoveries to be made, are going to be the most interesting thing about this case.

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  26. CarpeTrachea says:

    There is nothing bad about pursuing this, but announcing it now seems to have a secondary agenda.

    Barr and his DOJ must have assessed the ramifications of doing this with the election very near. They also have to be aware of the unfolding scandal surrounding the Biden family, and that Google is in a position to assist the Democrats in running a shell game to reduce the impact of the information.

    The Democrats could be big tech’s ‘get out of jail free’ card. It seems to me that this announcement puts even more pressure on Google to help them in the election.

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  27. Fishelsea says:

    So it must be that the democrats approve of a lawsuit going after google,
    Given the fact that trump won the white house but the democrats still control the doj, the fbi, the cia. A peaceful transfer of power that never took place.
    Need big changes in the next 4 years.

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  28. Merkin Muffley says:

    How strong is the government’s case? Any attorneys out there?

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  29. Snellvillebob says:

    It will be interesting if they fine Google for 10 years of profits to punish their stockholders because I cannot see a way to break them up.
    One thing I do know is no one is going to prison because they are all deep state.
    This is Bill Barr’s fault.

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  30. willthesuevi says:

    I hope this is more than another strongly worded letter. I hope they run it so far up Sundar Pichai, that he thinks he actually thinks grew a spine. I want Larry Page and Sergey Brin to drink a bottle of Maalox every day for the next 4 years.

    Google is the Umbrella Corporation in real life. Joined at the hip with the worst of the US Intelligence Community.

    Most likely it is only theater, and we are going be left holding the bagpipes.

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  31. Carrie says:

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    • Dutchman says:

      The GOP has done everything they percieved they could get away with, to undermine US, PDJT, his AGENDA, etc.

      Too many ways to list.

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  32. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    One part of the problem is we let the word ->google<- become a verb.
    That has to stop.

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  33. thrawlbrauna says:

    Google’s access to personal data via email and business infrastructure competes directly with FISA.. I don’t trust Barr or his timing.. Even with a Trump win.. I don’t trust the plans the rest of them have set in motion.. I sure hope Trump changes the whole deck when he wins.

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    • Dutchman says:

      As a VSG, PDJT certainly knows a reshuffle, or whole new deck is necesary.

      Traditionally, at the beginning of a second admin. the reelected POTUS calls a cabinet meeting, in which he lauds the cabinet, for the accomplishments of his admin during first four years.
      Then, he and cameras leave, and Chief of Staff advises ALL Cabinet members, he expects to see their written resignations on his desk, by end of business.

      Then, the POTUS doesn’t FIRE anyone.
      Its just SOME he refuses to accept their resignations, and SOME he,….doesn’t.

      Its a silly swamp ritual, but one PDJT may choose to follow, or do it his own way.

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  34. Henry says:

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  35. Ono says:

    “There are trillions” of dollars…billions of people “at stake.”

    A million is 1000 x 1000

    A billion is 1000 x a million

    A trillion is 1000 times a billion…

    That is expoiential .

    Consider this that Jesus Christ walked the earth only 737,300 days ago..

    Cold anger

    Times have been strange and tough but I will pony up to sundance here and now

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  36. Auntie Anxiety says:

    Is that really Bagpipes, or CGI? A search party needs to have been dispatched months ago.

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  37. lambgraham says:

    So this anti-trust case will take 10 years to settle. Just look at the IBM case in the 70’s for a historical reference. Google will relinquish market share leading up to a settlement and probably have to spin off “youtube”. All the while hoping for a political outcome that will benefit their case like a Biden win.
    Hey Barr-zini, when did you know of the contents of the laptop? Tell the American people what are its contents. One thing is for sure, China, North Korea, Iran, and Russia know..

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  38. TreeClimber says:

    I’m so proud of Alan Wilson. ^_^ He’s on the ball on all these big Federal-State joint suits.

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  39. pyromancer76 says:

    From my perspective, the only possibility for the success and maintenance of a Republic is that no one can win (everything). Antitrust proceedings were initiated in the late 19th century because the winners, as they won (and developed an amazing industrial machine), were using their winnings for more and more shady, corrupt tactics to achieve further “winning.”

    Competition is essential, even a fundamental economic principle, for a Republic. Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely. This latter has been Google’s path. Break the dam* thing to pieces.

    No one remembers, but the reason for making Senators a state-wide “popular” election was because the then winners/oligarchs/robber-barons/cheaters/criminals (absolute power corrupts absolutely) had bought off every single “local” center of power.

    Middle class patriots (then Progressives – middle class citizens, main street businesses, etc.) tried to fix the problem with this solution along with antitrust. (“Progressive” is another term stolen and (mis)used by marxists, just like “liberal” and even “conservative.” Reclaim them all for patriots. Demand proper definitions. Call the forked-tongue ones what they are – totalitarian liars.

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  40. TwoLaine says:

    Just in from Project Veritas on this very subject:

    ELECTION INTERFERENCE: Google Ads Exec Boasts Company Can Censor ‘Right-Wing’ & Republicans
    Oct 20, 2020

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  41. TwoLaine says:

    There is a long version, the full video. EVERYONE should listen to it at least once. This is a summary.

    Leaked video shows Google’s top brass ‘upset’ over Trump 2016 win
    14 Sep 2018

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  42. DiogeneseVindicated says:

    Well it’s about freaking time. The election is weeks away while we only now see the opening salvo to a years long litigation process. Thanks for nothing DOJ. You’ve fortified the perpetrators and done nothing, nada, zilch to correct the irreparable damage to freedoms cause and one sided attack on the first amendment. In fact your stall has emboldened the civil disturbation and increased the likelyhood that its political allies will overtake the system within which only you can find purchase in gaining a corrective path.

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  43. maxxheadroom777 says:

    I will rest easier at night when DOJ refers to the American people (individually & nationally) as “American citizens” instead of “consumers.” The word c-o-n-s-u-m-e-r in reference to a human being, be they American or not, is derogatory and denigrating. Smart lawyers know how insulting the term “consumer” is but most of them couldn’t care less. The majority of Beltway lawyers will promote the globalist narrative in the smallest legal details as they chart their billable hours and plan their next career move.

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  44. regitiger says:

    when things broke down?

    don’t be EVIL

    was removed and replaced with

    do the RIGHT thing

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  45. Richie says:

    Maybe its because Trump praised Bondo Boy as a “fair” and “Good” man at a rally the yesterday.

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  46. KevinK says:

    And this will play out just like the antitrust suit against Microsoft where Microsoft got off the hook. Better to just take away their protection.

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  47. jello333 says:

    This is also great in another way: I think it’s just one more indication of how confident Trump is that he’s gonna be re-elected. I mean this is gonna be a complex, hard-fought case that has virtually no chance of being concluded by January. So why would Trump bother with it if he wasn’t planning to be around for the duration?

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  48. Telly says:

    This is 2 years too late. Sorry.

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