Washington, D.C. — The American Economic Liberties Project today released the following statement in response to a new lawsuit from Match Group that takes aim at Google’s abuse of its app store monopoly.
“There is simply no question that Google abuses its monopoly control of mobile app stores,” said Pat Garofalo, Director of State and Local Policy at the American Economic Liberties Project. “As Match Group’s suit carefully details, Google forces developers and other businesses to agree to unfair and extortionary terms just to appear in the Google Play store, choking innovation, depressing business dynamism, and undermining job growth in communities across the country. This suit provides an important opportunity for relief, but more must be done.”
“Congress, alongside several state legislatures, is now considering bipartisan legislation to protect small businesses, entrepreneurs, and consumers from the harmful gatekeeping powers of large app distributers like Google and Apple. Lawmakers should work to pass those bills immediately,” added Garofalo.
Read Pat Garofalo and Matt Stoller’s “States Are Right to Rebel Against Big Tech” in The New York Times and learn more in “Tools for Taking on Big Tech’s Economic Power” .
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