As reported in The Des Moines Register, Iowa has joined 37 other states in an anti-trust suit against Google for discriminating against other search engines. (See link below.)
The purpose of anti-trust action against any company should be the protection of consumers, not the protection of competing businesses. If consumers are not harmed, which is the case here, then anti-trust action should not be taken. I have a strong feeling that the State governments joined this lawsuit in order to share in the billions of dollars of penalties or settlement – a money grab from a deep pocket.
Why should Google be forced to list links to other search engines in the results of their Google searches? Why shouldn’t Google be allowed to pay smart phone makers to make Google the default search engine – which helps to reduce the cost of cell phones? Where is the harm to consumers? In fact, Googles actions arguably help consumers.
Link to Register report: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2020/12/17/google-antitrust-lawsuit-iowa-joins-case-with-38-states-over-internet-search-and-advertising/3939064001/