Online shopping: Is Google taking over amidst EU antitrust rules?

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager

Using Google search results is a well-known way to boost your business, but now the search engine has been accused of unfair practices to promote its own shopping links. Katie Wright searches for the truth in the allegations…
The European Commission has issued a Statement of Objections about the display and ranking of Google Shopping results, accusing the search giant of displaying its own price comparison service results more prominently than those of rivals.

“I am concerned that the company has given an unfair advantage to its own comparison shopping service, in breach of EU antitrust rules,” commissioner Margrethe Vestager announced at a press conference, kickstarting a case which has been dragging on for more than four years. “Google now has the opportunity to convince the Commission to the contrary.”

On the same day, Google published a lengthy, defensive blog post pointing out that they have successfully fended off similar allegations in the past. More…

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