Many people avoid popular social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, preferring to communicate on other sites which offer community services. Gab is one such alternative favored by some users.
Google recently pulled the app from its Play Store for alleged violations of policy, and Gab has responded by filing an antitrust lawsuit.
Filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Friday, the lawsuit alleges that Google is in violation of antitrust laws.
“Google Play and Android have monopoly power in the app store market, and Google’s apps YouTube and Google+ compete directly against Gab,” Marc Randazza, Gab’s attorney, said in a statement. “Google’s intimate partnership with Twitter, which also competes against Gab, makes Google’s control of all Android apps available through the Play Store a serious restraint of trade issue.”
A Google spokesperson responded to the lawsuit, stating: “This claim is baseless and we’re happy to defend our decision in court if need be.”
The spokesperson explained that in order to be on the Play Store, there needs to be a certain “level of moderation” demonstrated by a social networking app. The…