The telecommunications giant’s chief legal officer and vice president of legal said in a deposition that Google does not have “the ability to censor ads.”
“Verizon does not censor ads,” Kevin Broehr told the U.S. District Court in Seattle this week.
“We do not censor advertisements.
We have not censored them.”
The testimony, which is a follow-up to a lawsuit brought by Google over the way it uses ads, came in response to a question from a Google attorney, who argued that Verizon’s ad platform is “not the product of Google’s design or engineering” and therefore is not subject to “the laws of competition, which include antitrust laws.”
Broeder told the court that Verizon “did not design or engineer” the ad platform.
Verizon argued that the company has no control over the ads that are delivered by the Google platform.
Broeger argued that, “when it comes to ads, Google has no controlling interest in the advertisements, they are just on the platform.”
Broesger also said that Verizon was “not involved in design of the ads.”
Verizon has been accused of blocking and throttling Google’s mobile search results, throttling its data and even blocking ads on some of its users’ mobile devices.
Google has also denied the charges.
Verizon’s position that Google “does not control” its ads, and that Verizon has no ability to prevent or block Google’s ads, is a direct challenge to the way that Google operates in the U: “Verisys own products and services do not violate antitrust laws,” Broeer said.
“It is not true that the product or service of Verizon is somehow inferior to Google.”
The lawsuit, which was filed in January by Google and several other tech companies, argues that Google’s ad-supported service is not an “invention” but instead “a core function of Verizon’s business.”
Broer said that the technology is “part of the core functionality of Verizon.”
Verizon is arguing that Google is abusing its dominant position in the telecommunications industry by blocking its rivals from using its technology, and by forcing Verizon to pay a toll to Google to deliver Google ads.
Verizon has argued that it has the right to charge Google for access to its network, and the company argues that the toll is necessary to provide competitive advantages for its customers.
Broeser said in the deposition that Verizon would not pay Google for the toll and that it was not a “tolling service.”
Broen also said in court that “Verity is not obligated” to “offer” Google’s advertising.
Verizon says that Google has the “right to charge for any and all information, and Verizon is not a conduit for such charges to be made.
Verizon is “free to offer all of Google to the Internet,” Broesher said.
Verizon and Google’s lawsuit, along with a similar case brought by Microsoft and Facebook, has been widely covered by the media.
Google is not the only company to have sued over Google’s dominance in the advertising space.
Apple, Yahoo, AOL and Amazon also have sued the Google search engine in recent years.