Google spent $26.3 billion in 2021 to ensure search engine dominance.

What you need to know

  • The US v. Google antitrust trial is now in full swing
  • As part of the trial, it was made known that in 2021, Google paid $26.3 billion to be the default search app. 
  • This included being the default app in Safari, Firefox, and on Samsung devices. 

With much of the world looking at the US v. Google antitrust trial in hopes that it can assist in breaking up the duopoly that Apple and Google currently hold over the mobile phone sector and Google’s monopoly over search, some interesting facts are coming out of the trial. This information came out due to the Justice Department’s examination of Prabhakar Raghavan, the head of Google Search. 

In 2021, Google spent $26.3 billion in what I see as an anti-competitive and monopolistic move to guarantee that it remains the number 1 search engine and that no other search engine, such as Microsoft’s Bing, has a chance to compete. They paid Firefox, Samsung, and several other browsers, phones, and platforms part of this money to be the default search engine.  

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