Internal FTC Report: Google blackmailing competitors




Google pirated content from competitors’ websites like Yelp and TripAdvisor. When those websites complained, Google threatened to remove the sites from its search results. This is apparent from an internal report of a US market watchdog that has been made public by mistake.

google The document, which dates from 2012, was actually confidential, but The Wall Street Journal was inadvertently an uncensored version in the hands when asked for it based on the American Law public administration. It would appear that the US market watchdog FTC found evidence of anticompetitive practices by Google from the document.

As the search giant pirated content from services like Yelp, TripAdvisor and Amazon. Amazon for example, were the reviews that users of products gave copied. Also users reviews were illegally are copied. When competitors complained about the practices of Google, the search giant threatened to throw the websites of the competitors from its search index. The report highlights the practices of Google ‘coercion’ or coercion or blackmail.

According to the FTC, Google also manipulated the results to be better show its own services. Competitors were placed lower in the search results or even completely omitted. Additionally obstructed the business advertisers to use competitive ad platforms. The practices of Google were contrary to the interests of both consumers and advertisers, says the FTC.

Eventually, the FTC decided to start a competition case against Google, partly because the market watchdog was divided on the issue. What would weigh is that Google voluntarily took measures to enhance competition; as competing services can now indicate that they do not want Google to take over their content.

Google is including in Europe is still under attack, partly because of the same accusations. Also require competitors like Yelp still that the search giant is tackled.

The Wall Street Journal noted that Google was the second largest contributor of US President Obama, and that executives from Google White House was elected repeatedly visited since Obama. However, a spokesman for the White House stressed that the FTC is an independent supervisor who makes decisions.


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