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posted by martyb on Wednesday November 10 2021, @03:06PM   Printer-friendly
from the service-guarantees-citizenship dept.

Google sends anti-regulation propaganda to small businesses using Google Maps:

Google is quietly enlisting the help of small businesses to help protect the nearly $2 trillion company from antitrust regulations. In response to Congressional bills like the "Ending Platform Monopolies Act," which would ban platform owners from favoring their own services over the competition, Google is telling small business owners that these bills would hurt their ability to find customers online and that they should contact their congressperson about the issue.

We've seen Google do political action before, usually in the form of headline-grabbing blog posts from CEO Sundar Pichai defending the latest product-bundling scheme. The strategy here seems new, though; rather than writing a public blog post, Google is quietly targeting users who have registered business listings on Google Maps. These users report receiving unsolicited emails and an "action item" in the Google Business Profile UI that both link to Google's new anti-antitrust site.

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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Thursday November 11 2021, @02:38AM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 11 2021, @02:38AM (#1195322) Journal
    • $275 million in Twitter
    • $260 million in Apple
    • $245 million in Microsoft
    • $223 million in Google
    • $173 million in IBM
    • $163 million in Facebook
    • $144 million in Cisco
    • $125 million in Verizon
    • Similar sized stakes in Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, Coca Cola and Pepsi, J&J, P&G, Exxon, GE

      and with foreign stakes this large these are no longer American companies.

    The foreign stakes aren't large at all. All the companies you mention have enormous valuations that dwarf these investments. I'm not going to even bother with the rest of your post when you are this clueless except to note that several other bullet points were absolutely useless to your post.