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European Commission Opens Google Investigations
By Google / IO, 01 Dec 2010
The European Commission (EU) has launched an investigation into Google after antitrust complaints were forwarded by other search engines.
Google, in the complaints, is accused of abusing its “dominant position in online search by allegedly lowering the ranking of unpaid search results of competing services”, said the EU in a statement. The search engine is also accused of “preferential placement” of its own properties “in order to shut out competing services”, said the EU.
This official probe comes more than nine months after a British site, Foundem, and French search engine, eJustice.fr, alleged Google’s PageRank algorithm demoted their sites because they were rivals, according to Reuters.
Google denies the allegations, but said it would cooperate with the EU to “address any concerns”, reports the BBC.
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