European Commission Charges Against Google.com
The European Commission is investigating charges that Google.com has acted in unethical practices with its search results. More than one company has made allegations that Google has demoted or removed their websites from search results. The Google algorithm appears to purposely manipulate searches to promote itself and its advertisers.
- Allegations that Google has excluded or demoted websites from its internet search.
“Criticism of Google includes possible misuse and manipulation of search results, its use of others’ intellectual property, concerns that its compilation of data may violate people’s privacy, censorship of search results and content, and the energy consumption of its servers as well as concerns over traditional business issues such as antitrust, monopoly, and restraint of trade.”
“In testimony before a U.S. Senate antitrust panel in September 2011, Jeffrey Katz, the chief executive of NexTag, said that Google’s business interests conflict with its engineering commitment to an open-for-all Internet and that: “Google doesn’t play fair. Google rigs its results, biasing in favor of Google Shopping and against competitors like us.” Jeremy Stoppelman, the chief of Yelp, said sites like his have to cooperate with Google because it is the gateway to so many users and “Google then gives its own product preferential treatment.” In earlier testimony at the same hearing Eric Schmidt, Google’s chairman, said that Google does not “cook the books” to favor its own products and services.”