Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Jul 2011 22:03 UTC, submitted by Jennimc
Google "Search giant Google, facing a broad antitrust probe into its business practices, has hired 12 lobbying firms, a spokeswoman from the company said on Friday. The Federal Trade Commission, which investigates violations of antitrust law, is expected to look into complaints that Google's search results favor the company's other services, among other issues. Google, which runs an estimated 69 percent of Web searches worldwide, can make or break a company depending on its search ranking."
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jakesdad
Member since:
2005-12-28

My understanding is it is not the search that is the issue. It is peoples/companies perceived ranking in the searches that they say Google is manipulating due to "Market Dominance" and placing Google products higher in the ranking.

Personally I call shenanigans, but to each their own.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

My understanding is it is not the search that is the issue. It is peoples/companies perceived ranking in the searches that they say Google is manipulating due to "Market Dominance" and placing Google products higher in the ranking.

Personally I call shenanigans, but to each their own.


Well, a good investigation to keep Google on their toes can't hurt, right?

Microsoft and Apple should follow, though. Just to keep 'm in check.

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ourcomputerbloke Member since:
2011-05-12

placing Google products higher in the ranking


It's not just Google's products, it's sites that promote Google's income generating products like Google Ads too.

I thought I'd bookmarked a blog article from a company that had all but proved this, but I can't find the link. If my memory serves me correctly the site was ezdownloadsolutions.com, and it seems that's now parked so they've probably gone out of business.

Anyway, from memory, after struggling for a couple of years to get any decent page rankings the company duplicated their site on a completely different domain name, one that wasn't as good for their particular business, and simply adding Google Ads to the site improved it's page rankings by more than 20% over their original site. Obviously it was only their word, but I don't see they'd have had any reason to lie about it.

Microsoft and Apple should follow, though. Just to keep 'm in check.


Huh? Microsoft have Bing so even though it has a massive 10% of the search market I can sort of see where you're coming from, but Apple? How has this got anything to do with them? Don't comments like this just fuel the fire about your purported bias?

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

My understanding is it is not the search that is the issue. It is peoples/companies perceived ranking in the searches that they say Google is manipulating due to "Market Dominance" and placing Google products higher in the ranking. Personally I call shenanigans, but to each their own.


Not that I think Google does anything other than provide one million Linux servers and a good search algorithm ... but anyway the next question becomes: "It is illegal now for a non-monopoly to promote its own products and services?"

I can't see where any anti-trust investigation into Google can get past these blaringly obvious observations.

As big as it is, Google search is simply not a monopoly, and Google does not deprive people of choice.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

lemur2,

"As big as it is, Google search is simply not a monopoly, and Google does not deprive people of choice."


That really depends on your definition of a monopoly, which can vary legally from country to country. In the US google is generally understood to be a monopoly because it controls the majority of the market.

http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Sherman+Anti-Trust+Ac...

"A market share greater than 75 percent indicates monopoly power, a share less than 50 percent does not, and shares between 50 and 75 percent are inconclusive in and of themselves."

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_...

"Google Ups Share of Search To 72%; Yahoo, MSN and Ask Continue To Tank"


Google knows that they are not exempt from anti-trust laws, so it makes sense for them to lobby the government to get more lenient treatment.

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