The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has recently brought to light a document during the Google search antitrust trial that Google had initially attempted to hide. According to meeting notes from Google’s vice president for finance, Michael Roszak, the document describes Google’s search advertising as one of the most remarkable business models ever developed. Roszak went so far as to compare its economic strength to controversial activities such as drug dealing or tobacco selling. However, he later stated that his comments were exaggerated and did not accurately reflect his true beliefs.
This document has become a pivotal piece of evidence in the trial, leading to objections from Google regarding its relevance. Google even sought to prevent Roszak from testifying about the document. Nevertheless, the judge denied Google’s request to redact portions of the document and publicly disclosed the relevant section of Roszak’s testimony. The DOJ maintains that Google, holding a monopoly over search, lacks the incentive to innovate products that protect consumers from intrusive data collection.
In response to this issue, a Google spokesperson has argued that Roszak’s comments do not represent the company’s position. They claim that the remarks were prepared for a public speaking class where exaggerations and sensational statements are encouraged. The DOJ has made the trial exhibit containing Roszak’s notes available online for public access.
This article is 90% likely factual news based on my current analysis. It is based on an original article by Ashley Belanger and provides factual information about the ongoing Google search antitrust trial, including direct quotes from documents and statements by involved parties. It does not exhibit any discernible political bias and does not contain personal opinions or editorializing.