Google compute known hosts: Who controls them?
Google has been accused of controlling access to the DNS for its cloud computing service and other Google services, with the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission demanding it pay billions of dollars in damages for the allegations.
On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filed a lawsuit against Google for alleged violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
The lawsuit claims that Google has blocked, restricted or disabled DNS services for its users without reasonable cause.
According to the lawsuit, the services Google provides include Google Cloud Platform, Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Play, Google Analytics, Google Translate and other services that let users access the Internet from their computers and smartphones.
The FCC alleges that Google’s services interfere with the “free and open” flow of information on the internet.
“We’re asking the court to order Google to give us a full and complete accounting of its control over the DNS, including whether it is subject to the Sherman Act and how much it has paid for its DNS services,” FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement.
“The FCC is asking the FCC to take this action in the interest of consumers, to stop Google from abusing its dominant position in the global DNS marketplace and to prevent the FCC from being dragged into an expensive and unnecessary legal fight with the internet giant,” she added.
Google has denied the allegations and said that it is cooperating with the investigation.
A Google spokesperson told the BBC that the company had no comment.
Google is one of the world’s biggest internet services providers, and it controls the majority of the DNS used by internet users around the world.
It is believed that the DNS is used by many websites, including Facebook and Twitter, and that it’s also used by Google Maps and Gmail.
In a blog post on Thursday, Google said that the “Internet is a global commons.
It’s not a free-for-all.
If you use Google services that are under Google’s control, then Google controls them.”
Google has been embroiled in a legal battle with Facebook over the use of the popular messaging app, and in the past year, the company has also come under scrutiny for a controversial $1.3bn settlement with the government in a US antitrust lawsuit.
Following the FCC’s lawsuit, a number of prominent internet companies including Netflix, Google, Spotify, Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook have come out in support of the FCC, including Twitter and Google.
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