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Rumble Sues Google for Antitrust Violations, Propping up YouTube in Search Results

Textbook noncompetitive behavior.

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Free speech video streaming service Rumble filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google on Monday, citing the Silicon Valley monopoly for anti-competitive practices and propping up YouTube in search results. Google is YouTube’s parent company.

Rumble is accusing Google of all-but exclusively favoring YouTube content in its search results. Google raked in a whopping 88% of search engine market share in October 2020, a monopoly that would make Standard Oil jealous.

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Rumble accuses Google of willfully burying its content in search results, even when users expressly search for Rumble.

These practices include Google rigging its search algorithms purposefully and unlawfully to always give preference to Google’s YouTube video-sharing platform over Rumble (and other platforms) in Google search results, such that the Google search page result for online videos lists links to the YouTube site as the first search results, even if the search specified Rumble, such as “dog videos on rumble.””

Google also forces YouTube as a preinstalled app on Android smartphones, creating a de facto universal internet streaming service with no genuine competition.

View Rumble’s full civil complaint against Google here.

Rumble allows considerably more political and controversial speech on its platform, differing greatly from a vision of sterile neoliberal political correctness favored by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki.

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Fox News Ratings Crater, Trailing CNN and MSNBC for First Time in 21 Years

A brutal collapse over the past two-and-a-half months.

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Recent data from Nielsen shows that Fox News finished behind both CNN and MSNBC in ratings to open the month of January.

This is the first time in twenty-one years that that has happened, according to Daily Wire.

Nielsen’s ratings data shows that CNN finished number one among cable news networks with approximately 2.8 million viewers per day from January 4 through January 10, including 4.2 million in primetime.

MSNBC came in second with 2.3 million viewers per day and 3.8 million in primetime. And in third was Fox News with 1.7 million viewers per day and 3.2 million in primetime.

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This is tough data for the conservative-leaning network. Over the past couple decades Fox has become accustomed to completely dominating the ratings, oftentimes receiving more viewership than CNN and MSNBC combined. Several factors contribute to the fall of Fox, including but not limited to:

  • The death of Roger Ailes in 2017 and subsequent changes in network leadership
  • Their disastrous Election Night coverage on November 3
  • Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden
  • An ostensible effort to distance themselves from Trump
  • A real or perceived softening of their conservatism in general
  • Trump’s public irritation with the network, to the point of telling people to migrate over to Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN)

Fox News has recently announced lineup changes as well. This is standard practice in the cable news industry and may not have much to do with their suffering ratings, though there’s a likely possibility that it does. Fox will be adding an hour-long opinion show in place of Martha MacCallum’s news show “The Story,” which had fallen behind both CNN and MSNBC’s 7pm timeslots after a stretch of being “comfortably ahead in ratings.” The network will also shuffle some of their daytime lineup.

As Joe Biden works through his first 100 days as president, it will be interesting to see how Fox News continues to perform, not only in comparison with CNN and MSNBC, but also with OANN and Newsmax.

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