Today the US Department of Justice DOJ filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google alleging that it unlawfully maintains monopolies through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and search advertising markets. While were still examining the complaint our initial impressions are outlined below.
Like millions of everyday internet users we share concerns about how Big Techs growing power can deter innovation and reduce consumer choice. We believe that scrutiny of these issues is healthy and critical if were going to build a better internet. We also know from firsthand experience there is no overnight solution to these complex issues. Mozillas origins are closely tied to the last major antitrust case against Microsoft in the nineties.
In this new lawsuit the DOJ referenced Googles search agreement with Mozilla as one example of Googles monopolization of the search engine market in the United States. Small and independent companies such as Mozilla thrive by innovating disrupting and providing users with industry leading features and services in areas like search. The ultimate outcomes of an antitrust lawsuit should not cause collateral damage to the very organizations 8211 like Mozilla 8211 best positioned to drive competition and protect the interests of consumers on the web.