Google vs US government: CEO Sundar Pichai to testify in Search antitrust trial on October 30 – Times of India

An antitrust case against Google in the United States resumed this week as the company began to defend itself against allegations that it illegally consolidated its monopoly over online search by paying defaulters. search engine on browsers and phones. As part, the alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai will testify on Monday (October 30) in an ongoing antitrust battle against the company's dominance of the search business and advertising.
Pichai has been called as a witness for Google and is expected to be questioned about the company's investments aimed at keeping its search competitive, Reuters news agency reported. The government alleges that Google paid billions of dollars to companies like Apple to default to searches on their devices.
The government may also question why the company pays billions of dollars each year to ensure that Google search is the default on smartphones. Google is believed to have paid Apple billions, $18 billion in 2021, to make Google the default search engine.
The government also argued that it helped Google become a giant in the lucrative advertising market and boosted its profits.
What google said
Google has argued that the revenue-sharing agreements are legal and that it has made the investments to keep its search and advertising businesses competitive. It has also been argued that if people are unhappy with the default search engine, they can – and do – switch to another search provider. The company also claims that the quality of search results makes people choose Google over others.
High-profile testimonials
The Justice Department's case against Google has already had several depositions, including John Gianandrea, Apple's senior vice president of machine learning and AI strategy and a former Google search executive. CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella He also testified in the case.
Apple acquired Gianandrea from Google in 2018. The CEO, who testified behind closed doors, said Apple never agreed to refrain from building its own search engine to compete with Google. He noted that Apple would invest more heavily in its own search technology if it didn't have a lucrative deal with Google, and that building a search engine would be an expensive venture.