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Google suit draws news industry reactions

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Various parties weighed in on the Department of Justice’s antitrust suit against Google, led in October.

“It is good that the DOJ is starting the process, but ‘search distributi­on’ issues are a small subset of the many issues presented by Google dominance,” said News Media Alliance President and CEO David Chavern in a statement. “News publishers are particular­ly harmed by Google’s control of ad tech — and that doesn’t appear to be covered at all by the DOJ’s action today,” said the statement.

Chavern pushed for the passage of the Journalism Competitio­n & Preservati­on Act in his statement.

“For Big Tech, it’s a reckoning that’s been a long time coming,” says an LA Times editorial headlined “ e DOJ is taking the gloves o against Big Tech.”

“The lawsuit, which was joined by 11 state attorneys general, is likely to be just the rst in a salvo of antitrust cases, legislativ­e proposals, rule-makings and other government­al initiative­s to rein in Big Tech companies,” says the piece.

It’s unknown what would happen with the suit under a Biden administra­tion. Reuters quoted one expert, William Kovacic, an antitrust professor at George Washington University Law School, as saying “What they will not do is drop this case.” Kovacic said new DOJ o cials may change the complaint, however.

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