Within the wake of the European Union fining Google a file $5 billion for anti-competitive conduct with its Android merchandise, rival search engine DuckDuckGo claims that the corporate’s antitrust points don’t cease there.
The allegation got here in a sequence of tweets from the DuckDuckGo Twitter account as a response to the wonderful. In them, the search engine claims that the corporate’s “anti-competitive search conduct isn’t restricted to Android,” but it surely additionally exists in different merchandise, just like the Chrome browser as effectively. “Each time we replace our Chrome browser extension, all of our customers are confronted with an official-looking dialogue asking them in the event that they’d wish to revert their search settings and disable all the extension,” the tweet mentioned.
Google additionally owns https://t.co/ud1YyoqbZ5 and factors it immediately at Google search, which persistently confuses DuckDuckGo customers.
— DuckDuckGo (@DuckDuckGo) July 18, 2018
DuckDuckGo additionally highlights that Google presently owns the “duck.com” area title, and it has since at the very least 2011. (Duckduckgo launched in 2008.) Meaning when potential customers of the lesser-known search engine sort within the seemingly related tackle, they’re then redirected to Google “which persistently confuses DuckDuckGo customers,” the corporate mentioned. A report from the Unbiased factors out that the area was registered earlier than both firm was created, however it’s unclear when precisely it got here underneath Google’s possession.