News Corp. petitions Australian regulators to break up Google

News Corp. petitions Australian regulators to break up Google
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News Corp. has reportedly petitioned Australian regulators to break up Google's operations in the country, saying the company enjoys "overwhelming" power over tech and online markets.

Reuters was among the news outlets to report Tuesday that News Corp.'s Australian subsidiary has argued in a letter to the Competition and Consumer Commission that Google "enjoys overwhelming market power in both online search and ad tech services" and is abusing that power.


The petition accuses Google of "abusing its dominant position to the detriment of consumers, advertisers and publishers."

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

In the petition, News Corp.'s legal team argued that Google should be broken up in Australia, or at the very least be forced to operate in a way that separates the advertising and search divisions of the company.

"While News Corp Australia recognises that divestment is a very serious step ... divestment is necessary in the case of Google, due to the unparalleled power that it currently exerts over news publishers and advertisers alike," the petition reportedly reads.

Google is facing similar calls from some U.S. lawmakers who want to dismantle the company. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMark Cuban: ProPublica 'not being honest' about taxes on wealthy On The Money: Bipartisan Senate group rules out tax hikes on infrastructure | New report reignites push for wealth tax New report reignites push for wealth tax MORE (D-Mass.) this week announced a plan to break up the company along with fellow tech giants Amazon and Facebook.

An ad on Facebook promoting Facebook's regulation was temporarily removed Monday by the website's content moderators.

"We need to stop this generation of big tech companies from throwing around their political power to shape the rules in their favor and throwing around their economic power to snuff out or buy up every potential competitor," Warren said in her proposal.