Google accused of destroying evidenceBack
The US Department of Justice says Google "destroyed" evidence essential to an antitrust investigation. At least that is what it claims in a file released by the department.
The file states that chat messages between Google employees about "important and sensitive matters" were deleted every 24 hours for four years. Google would also not have prevented the chats from being deleted in 2019, when it was already known that it would come to a lawsuit. The company let its employees decide the matter. This practice continued until this month, when the department warned Google to stop, under penalty of sanctions.
Google denies the allegations, saying it has been scrupulous in responding to inquiries and lawsuits for years. “In this case alone, we have handed over 4 million documents to the department and provided millions more documents to regulators around the world,” the company said.