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Rep. Ellison Asks FTC for New Probe into Google

Rep. Ellison Asks FTC for New Probe into Google

By    |   Monday, 04 June 2018 02:17 PM

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. is calling for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google

In a letter to the FTC, Ellison asked for a probe into "whether Google was engaging in anticompetitive conduct by privileging its own products in search results over that of its rivals."

He noted the European Union fined Alphabet, the parent company of Google. $2.7 billion last year for “unfairly highlighting its own services over that of its competitors.”

And Ellison, the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, said: “The FTC should determine whether Alphabet has engaged in similar conduct in the United States and whether such conduct violates the FTC Act."

The Hill reported on the details of Ellison’s letter and noted that the FTC had let Google off the hook after a 2012 investigation into the same issue.

Ellison pointed out the company has experienced tremendous growth since then.

"In 2012, Google’s full-year revenue was $50,175,000,000," Ellison said. "In 2017, the company posted full-year revenue of $110,855,000,000. Given that the company has more than doubled in size since the last time the FTC opened an investigation, Google’s persistent and increasing dominance since 2013 further justifies opening a new investigation."

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