Google gets sued by 36 states for abusing playstore power

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Google is in a pickle again, and this time it’s not the EU that’s after the company — it’s the United States, or at least a big chunk of it.

According to Bloomberg, 36 U.S. states, including New York, Utah, North Carolina, and Tennessee, are suing Google over anticompetitive tactics in the company’s Google Play Store.

The complaint, filed in the federal court in San Francisco Wednesday, takes aim at Google’s 30 percent commission fee on app purchases, which it claims is too big.

“Unbeknownst to most consumers who own a mobile device running Android, every time they purchase an app from the Google Play Store, or purchase digital content or subscriptions within an app, up to 30 percent of the money they pay goes to Google,” the complaint reads. “To collect and maintain this extravagant commission, Google has employed anticompetitive tactics to diminish and disincentivize competition in Android app distribution.”

  • Source: Mashable
  • July 8, 2021
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