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In order to counter the dominant position of the Californian search engine, the American state of Ohio wishes to requalify it as a public service.
According to Ohio,is a public service, as well as an electricity company. This therefore asks to justice to require the search engine, accused of abuse of dominant position by a growing number of authorities.
Dave Yost, the Ohio Attorney General, launched Tuesday an unprecedented court proceeding for Google to be subject to the same regulations as public services.
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"Google uses its domination of research on the internet to guide the inhabitants of Ohio to its own products. It is discriminatory and anti-competitive, "he said, cited in a statement.
"When you have the railways or electricity networks or telecommunication antennas, you must handle users in the same way and make sure everyone has access to the service in question".
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Ohioans are Being Harmed by Google, AS The Search Engine Fails to Offer Gold Competitors sources; Thus, Consumers Cannot Make The Best Choices as they do not get all of the info.- Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (@ohioag)
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The Office of the Prosecutor gives for example the search for a plane ticket: "If the results direct the person to The Google Flights service, this person does not see the offers of competitors such as Orbitz and Travelocity.
The California group replied that these prosecutions were unfounded and would defend itself to the Tribunal.
procedures If Dave Yost took it, "Google Search's results would become worse and it would be more difficult for small businesses to get in touch with customers," reacted a spokesman for the giant technology, In response to a solicitation of AFP.
"The inhabitants of Ohio do not want the government to go to Google as a gas or electricity company."
Ohio is one of the dozens of American states that have launched prosecutions against the firm end 2020 for breach of competition law.
Monday, the French competition authority has imposed a fine of 220 million euros in Google for its practices in the online advertising market, and also required reform commitments that should be global.
The instance had been seized by three press groups: French Le Figaro, which then withdrew from the procedure, the Belgian Rossel, and the world media giant News Corp, controlled by Australo-American billionaire Rupert Murdoch .
The procedures are multiplying in Europe, and more recently in the United States, against the colossics of Silicon Valley, which have come out again reinforced from the pandemic. Facebook and Amazon, in particular, are also facing lawsuits and investigations.
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