Tags: EU | EU | Google

EU Looking Carefully at Google Allegations

Wednesday, 07 Jul 2010 07:22 AM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

The European Union's antitrust chief said Wednesday he is looking "very carefully" at allegations that Google Inc. unfairly demotes rivals' sites in search results.

Joaquin Almunia said in a speech that the EU investigation is still at an early stage but that officials were aware of the "importance of search to a competitive online marketplace."

He appeared to accept Google's arguments that it is hard to behave as a monopoly on the web, saying the fluid nature of the Internet may make it more difficult for powerful companies to elbow out other companies in new markets.

British price comparison site Foundem and French legal search engine ejustice.fr complained to the EU that they were ranked low in Google searches, claiming that this may be because they offer rival services to Google.

Google says its search results are entirely controlled by algorithms that demote sites with little useful content for users.

Low rankings matter because a higher ranking in a Google search drives higher volumes of traffic to websites.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Methane on Mars Spikes Frequently, but Source Unknown

Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 13:54 PM

Methane, a gas that on Earth comes mainly from living organisms, spikes regularly on Mars but scientists have not been a . . .

Humanoid Robot Flies Across Atlantic, in Economy Style

Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 08:09 AM

A humanoid-looking robot named Athena that scientists hope will one day be useful in aiding at disaster sites, like the  . . .

NASA Builds $349M Tower, Then Promptly Mothballs It

Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 07:28 AM

A massive $349 million NASA tower completed in June has been "mothballed" in Gulfport, Mississippi, without ever being u . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved