Google Accused by India of Manipulating Search Results
Cernescu Andrei / 5 years ago
This is certainly not the first time that Google has been accused of taking advantage of its dominant position in the search engine world, and it probably won’t be the last. This time around, it is India’s Competition Commission that’s accusing the company of gaming search results, and it looks like other companies such as Facebook and Flipkart are also pointing their fingers at Google, at least according to a report in India’s Economic Times.
The main idea is that Google is willingly pushing its own products in the search results instead of those wanted by users. A good example relates to CNBC’s India-based website MoneyControl, which will be surpassed by Google Finance in the search results even though it is definitely more popular. Google is expected to respond to the accusations within ten days, after which public hearings are set to commence. This could hurt Google quite a bit if things go bad, as the commission has the right to fine the company up to 10 percent of its income. If European representatives decide to form their own accusations, Alphabet is in for some serious trouble.
Do you think that Google is cheating on search results in order to make sure that its own products become more popular than others?
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