Economy & Politics

How the US and EU are trying to regulate big tech

If you are looking for something on the Internet, you google it. If you chat with friends, you usually use WhatsApp. Anyone who wants to watch a video almost always ends up on YouTube. Large tech companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple have long determined our everyday lives – and so far they have been relatively little regulated. Now things could get tight for Big Tech: In the USA there have recently been several lawsuits against the corporations – from the state.

In October, the US Department of Justice and twelve states filed a lawsuit against Google. The accusation: Google is said to have paid Apple to be the default search engine on the devices of the smartphone and computer manufacturer. In this way, competing firms were de facto bypassed.

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