(Liberty Bell) – According to a new report from the group News Media Alliance, Tech Giant Google is “abusing” its position as the largest search engine on earth, and grossly so.
They say that Google is forcing news industry publishers into unfair agreements, furthering their stranglehold on the free flow of information.
Considering everything at stake in the U.S. and the world stage today, this should concern you more than ever.
The New York Post first detailed the report in an article published in the New York Post on Tuesday.
“The news publishers speak with a collective voice in demanding that Google stop abusing its market dominant position in its interactions with them, compensate them fairly for the value of their content to Google, and give them meaningful control over the specific uses of their own news articles by Google,” the News Media Alliance said.
“Many of Google’s current uses of news content likely exceed the boundaries of fair use under the Copyright Act. Given that reality, Google should have to negotiate an appropriate use-specific license with news publishers for each use of their content.
“Google has exercised its control over news publishers to force them into several relationships that benefit Google at the publishers’ expense.”
The report maintains that Google “effectively gave the news publishers no choice but to implement Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages standard — or else lose critical placement in mobile search and the resulting search traffic.”
The tech giant also “forced the publishers to build mirror-image websites using this format.”
The report said Google has “misused its monopoly power to remove the ability for news publishers to have adequate control of the use of their content.”
According to The Wall Street Journal, a group of state attorneys general will be meeting on Friday to discuss what the next possible steps would be to bring an antitrust case against Google.
The case would be based on allegations that the company is using its position ot suppress their competition.
Google has played a massive role in influencing the free flow of information for far too long. It is time they are held accountable.
In 2018, we learned that Google may have been actively working to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.
As Fox News reported at the time:
A Google executive’s leaked email that was exposed by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson revealed efforts to increase Latino turnout prior to the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the executive’s “surprise” at Donald Trump’s performance among Latino voters – but the mainstream media don’t seem to care.
“This Google scandal is a bombshell! We are looking at a whole series of possible violations of federal law. Apparently, there was election collusion, after all. It just didn’t involve Russians,” Media Research Center President Brent Bozell tweeted on Tuesday.
Bozell added that he knows the “collusion scandal” is significant because the liberal media members are already in “damage control mode” or ignoring the story altogether.
“The only collusion they care about is the kind they can use against Trump,” Bozell wrote.
If they tried to meddle in 2016, how much more will they try in 2020?