Rumble Inc. video sharing site has accused Google of suing for abuse of the power of its search engine and mobile operating system to boost its YouTube video service over competitors, the latest allegation of anti-competitive behavior against Alphabet Inc.
The Toronto-based Rumble, which has become popular with conservatives, filed an antitrust lawsuit in federal court in California on Monday, arguing that Google was “unfairly falsifying its search algorithms” to put YouTube above Rumble in search results. Rumble said Google’s behavior cost him a significant number of viewers and advertising dollars.
The lawsuit also alleges that Google’s deals to pre-install the YouTube app on mobile devices running Google̵
“Through its search engine, Google has erroneously diverted large amounts of traffic to YouTube, depriving Rumble of additional traffic, users, uploads, brand awareness, and revenue it would otherwise have received,” the lawsuit said.
“We will defend ourselves against these baseless allegations,” a Google spokesman said.