The DOJ comes for Google

It’s about time. The heavy-breathers who have to keep actively reminding themselves not to do evil have had it coming for years. Let’s hope that the DOJ isn’t content with a Microsoft-style slap on the wrist and drops the full AT&T breakup on them:

The Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Google engaged in anticompetitive conduct to preserve monopolies in search and search advertising that form the cornerstones of its vast conglomerate.

The long-anticipated case, filed in a Washington, D.C., federal court, marks the most aggressive U.S. legal challenge to a company’s dominance in the tech sector in more than two decades, with the potential to shake up Silicon Valley and beyond.

At this point, I think it’s safe to say that the days of the platform/publisher dance are numbered. And it’s going to be hilarious to see Google’s horndog lawyers trying to make the very sort of free speech arguments that their Trust & Safety teams consistently ignore.