President Donald Trump is expected to sue Alphabet Inc. and Facebook Inc. in federal court on Wednesday over antitrust charges that they unfairly prevented companies from using the technology to promote their own products.
The Trump administration on Tuesday announced a plan to file a lawsuit against the internet giants over their alleged actions against rival search engine Alphabet Inc., which is owned by Facebook parent Facebook Inc., and other companies.
The lawsuit, which would be filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, will be the second in the past month aimed at Google, the world’s biggest search engine.
In June, Trump ordered a Justice Department investigation into the alleged anticompetitive practices of Google and Facebook, which have been accused of blocking rivals from selling their services or promoting their own content.
A Trump administration official confirmed the probe was ongoing.
The complaint, which was first reported by the Washington Post, alleges that Google and other tech giants “have a strong interest in the integrity and availability of search results.”
It adds that Google’s dominance of the internet led to “serious consequences for Google’s reputation, including diminished competition, lower search quality, and lower revenue.”
Trump and his team also want Google to pay for the investigation, saying that the company failed to comply with antitrust laws, and Google was “incompetent and in violation of antitrust laws.”
Google, for its part, says that it has been transparent about its antitrust efforts and will continue to fight back against anticompetition claims.