Ten states have accused Google and Facebook of organizing themselves and creating a “secret pact” to divide and conquer the advertising market. The pact, it was reported, also included a promise to cooperate if the other would face an antitrust suit.
According to the complaint, the firms maintained a secret agreement in which “Google agrees to give Facebook an advantage if it moves away from direct competition. Using a typical industry idiom, the two companies named their secret pact after a Star Wars character, allegedly calling it “Jedi Blue,” according to the ZeroHedge website.
The final version of the lawsuit claims that the two companies knew that their agreement could trigger antitrust investigations. More precisely, the report says that Google and Facebook agreed to “cooperate and assist each other in responding to any Antitrust Action” and to “promptly and fully inform the other party of any government communication related directly or indirectly to the Settlement.” As reported, the word “antitrust” is mentioned no less than 20 times in the companies’ contract.
As expected, both companies have denied, since the allegations surfaced, that they acted improperly and Facebook has called the allegations against them “unfounded.”
The lawsuit, led by the state of Texas and nine other states, followed a complaint by the Department of Justice and several other states that have already filed antitrust claims against Google.
“Texas takes the lead once more! Today, we’re filing a lawsuit against #Google for anticompetitive conduct. This internet Goliath used its power to manipulate the market, destroy competition, and harm YOU, the consumer. Stay tuned,” said Ken Paxton, the Texas attorney general on Twitter.
This internet Goliath used its power to manipulate the market, destroy competition, and harm YOU, the consumer. Stay tuned… pic.twitter.com/fdEVEWQb0e
— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) December 16, 2020
In October, the Department of Justice filed the initial lawsuit against Google and announced it in a Twitter statement saying, “Today, millions of Americans rely on the Internet and online platforms. Competition in this industry is vitally important, which is why today’s challenge against Google … for violating antitrust laws is a monumental case both for the DOJ and for the American people.”
“Today, millions of Americans rely on the Internet and online platforms…Competition in this industry is vitally important, which is why today’s challenge against Google…for violating antitrust laws is a monumental case both for the DOJ and for the American people.” — AG Barr pic.twitter.com/CG8UKXDtZo
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) October 20, 2020
The legal argument used by Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen against Google was the violation of Section 2 of the Sherman Act, the same statute that was used during Bill Clinton’s presidency to conduct a series of antitrust lawsuits, including the landmark case against Microsoft.
Twitter and Facebook have also been at the center of criticism for their increasingly ruthless political bias in favor of the Democrats and the radical left. Even the CEOs of both companies have had to testify to this in Congress.
As reported by Fox Business, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified that Twitter removed some 300,000 election-related tweets between Oct. 27 and Nov. 11. And he argued for censorship based on new policies to prevent the dissemination of alleged misinformation.
If that were really the case, the issue would not seem to be so problematic. But the reality is that the concept of “misinformation” results in something utterly biased for Silicon Valley developers, who consider any speech that has a conservative overtone, or that in any way exposes the advances of the left, to be wrong.