Jan 13, 2021
YouTube Competitor Rumble Sues Google over Search Rankings
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Rumble filed an antitrust lawsuit in federal court in California alleging that Google is “unfairly rigging its search algorithms” to place YouTube above Rumble in its search results, according to a report by Wall Street Journal.
Rumble has become an alternative to YouTube for many conservative pundits, especially in the wake of big tech companies banning President Donald Trump, which resulted in a social media exodus among conservatives from their platforms.
“Google, through its search engine, was able to wrongfully divert massive traffic to YouTube, depriving Rumble of the additional traffic, users, uploads, brand awareness and revenue it would have otherwise received,” reads the lawsuit.
In its lawsuit, Rumble adds that it conducted a test and discovered that a Google search specifically for “funny dogs on rumble” returned a list of YouTube videos.
The lawsuit goes on to argue that Google’s deals to pre-install the YouTube app on Android smartphones have unfairly deprived Rumble of viewers. The video-sharing company says that Google has cost it significant numbers of viewers and advertising dollars, which over a period would have generated “well in excess of $2 billion.”
“We will defend ourselves against these baseless claims,” said a Google spokeswoman.
The report added that Google is facing several other antitrust lawsuits in the United States. Two sets of U.S. states are accusing the tech giant of abusing the dominance of its search engine and its advertising business. The Justice Department also sued Google in October for allegedly using anticompetitive tactics to maintain its search monopoly.
The Rumble lawsuit arrives the same day that social media platform Parler filed a lawsuit against Amazon after the tech giant booted the social media platform off its web hosting service on Sunday.
The lawsuit alleged that Amazon’s decision to drop Parler was “motivated by political animus.”
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A Boogie Wit da Hoodie clogged toilets at NJ mansion: suit
A Boogie Wit da Hoodie is a crap tenant, a new lawsuit charges.
The Bronx-born rapper is being sued for allegedly causing more than $250,000 in damage to a New Jersey rental mansion — including by clogging its toilets so badly, sewage seeped through the floors, reports said Monday.
A Boogie, a k a Artist Julius Dubose — who was busted on weapons and drug raps last month — is accused of wreaking reeking havoc on a $3.3 million spread owned by Dr. Lawrence Guarino and his wife in Mahwah while renting it for $10,000 a month in 2017.
Dubose — who has had three No. 1 albums on Billboard’s rap chart — left behind “bathroom toilets clogged and overrun by sewerage material which penetrated through the floors and damaging ceilings below,’’ says the lawsuit filed in Hackensack Superior Court last week, NorthJersey.com reported.
Destruction to the mansion also included “carpets cut out and mismatched pieces replaced damages, stains and tears throughout,’’ “entry doors to be left open with evidence of extensive water damage,’’ “walls and trim damaged” and “damage to the landscape,” while “two vehicles … [were] abandoned on the property,” the court papers alleged.The rapper also allegedly had “carpets cut out and mismatched pieces replaced damages, stains and tears throughout,’’ according to the lawsuit.Dave Simpson/WireImage
“[As] a direct and proximate result of the negligent, reckless and/or carelessness of the defendants, the Property sustained extensive damage … that left it unable to be leased until extensive repairs were conducted,’’ the suit said.
The owners are seeking $263,592 in compensation, the Daily Voice said.A Boogie wit da Hoodie performs at the Soulfrito Music Festival at Barclays Center on August 30, 2019.Getty Images
Dubose was arrested in December after cops found an arsenal of weapons and some weed and drug paraphernalia in his Demarest, New Jersey, home. It isn’t clear what sparked the police search.
Dubose’s publicist did not immediately respond to a Post email Monday.