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Para 141 of Texas AG filing against Google & Facebook is incredible: Facebook gave Google access to people's end-to-end encrypted WhatsApp messages, photos, videos, and audio files.— Johnny Ryan (@johnnyryan) December 17, 2020
I want to see the text of that deal. Was it in US only, or EU too? https://t.co/RZle0sjyuA pic.twitter.com/ObymSe06ly
This is the best explainer yet on today’s AG antitrust case against Google. The filing asserts that Google conspired with Facebook in the digital ads market. If they can prove it — and they appear to have evidence — Google and FB are in huge trouble. https://t.co/ThL416sOU8— Roger McNamee (@Moonalice) December 17, 2020
OK, whew. I've now read all 130 pages of state AGs suit v Google.— Jason Kint (@jason_kint) December 16, 2020
In three words, Google is royally screwed.
Press headlines: Facebook and Google colluded!
Deeper dives: Google turned open web into a walled garden of tying, exclusionary tactics, and privacy fixing.
One of the most interesting parts of this Texas complaint is an allegation that Google diffused a threat from Facebook by agreeing to give it special advantages in ad auctions. If true, an obvious anticompetitive move by both parties— Daisuke Wakabayashi (@daiwaka) December 16, 2020
If the GDrive backup was unencrypted content (ie Google could mine it), and Google and FB didn’t make that clear, then that seems like a problem.— Peter Sterne? (@petersterne) December 16, 2020
Google gets huge amounts of data from Android backups. Apple gets huge amounts of data from iPhone backups. Huawei gets huge amounts of data from their phones. There are legit concerns of how that is used, but this filing doesn’t seem like an accurate interpretation.— Alex Stamos (@alexstamos) December 16, 2020
"As internal Google documents reveal, Google sought to kill competition and has done so through an array of exclusionary tactics, including an unlawful agreement with Facebook, its largest potential competitive threat, to manipulate advertising auctions." https://t.co/BvXnXYeSqe— Deepa Seetharaman (@dseetharaman) December 16, 2020
I mean, yes, we’re all in awe of how Facebook and Google colluded through a direct agreement to own advertising together on top of their respective anticompetitive practices.— Robin Berjon (@robinberjon) December 16, 2020
But what I really want to find out is: which Star Wars character did they name that deal after? pic.twitter.com/zzlfNeCv0V
8. The allegations that Google & FB conspired to fix prices & allocate markets are huge, potentially worthy of criminal charges. Basic gist is that Google gave FB's special info & speed advantages so that FB would back off. Great @GiladEdelman overview: https://t.co/E6vdypkDfk— Lina Khan (@linamkhan) December 17, 2020
#BREAKING: Texas takes the lead once more! Today, we’re filing a lawsuit against #Google for anticompetitive conduct.— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) December 16, 2020
This internet Goliath used its power to manipulate the market, destroy competition, and harm YOU, the consumer. Stay tuned… pic.twitter.com/fdEVEWQb0e
"Google overcharged publishers for the ads it showed across the web and edged out rivals who tried to challenge the company’s dominance.... Google had reached an agreement with Facebook to limit the social network’s own efforts to compete" https://t.co/7zotBPxEiK— Dan Froomkin/PressWatchers.org (@froomkin) December 17, 2020
Nice explainer in the NYT on the alleged conspiracy between Google and Facebook, spelled out in new 10 State AG complaint, to restrict competition for publishers and thereby permit Google to overcharge publishers for the ads they showed.— Hal Singer (@HalSinger) December 17, 2020
Whoa if true.https://t.co/j9i3KIzq02 pic.twitter.com/Sj48ZHSLWE
In the US, "ten state attorneys general on Wednesday accused Google of illegally abusing its monopoly over the technology that delivers ads online, adding to the company’s legal troubles with a case that strikes at the heart of its business." https://t.co/qqtQiX1ror— Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (@rasmus_kleis) December 17, 2020
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