A U.S. antitrust investigation into Google Maps has gained steam recently following a lull, according to a Reuters report Wednesday.
Though the Department of Justice has been probing the Alphabet Inc.
service since at least late 2020, the investigation was “quiet” for a stretch before regulators started asking questions again more recently, per the report.
The investigation looks into the bundling of Google Maps with other Google services, and whether the company’s practices there constitute antitrust violations, the report said.
Representatives from Alphabet and the Department of Justice didn’t respond to MarketWatch’s request for comment on the probe.
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Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal reported that a Department of Justice official wrote a letter supporting Senate efforts to prohibit big tech companies from favoring their own services over those made by rivals.
Alphabet, like other members of Big Tech, faces heavy antitrust scrutiny from regulators in the U.S. and Europe, as regulators take aim at areas such as app-store fees and advertising practices. The European Union recently came to an agreement on the Digital Markets Act, a new law that seeks to limit the power of large tech companies that could go into effect next year.
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Alphabet recently said it would allow Spotify to offer an alternative payment option for Android subscribers. App stores run by Alphabet and Apple Inc.
have become regulatory battlegrounds lately amid pushback from app developers, who chafe at the sizable commissions that the tech giants take for each transaction.
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