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FTC antitrust investigation spreads to Google+

updated 03:45 am EST, Sat January 14, 2012

FTC worried Google Plus may skew results

The FTC's investigation into Google has spread into search, a purported insider disclosed Friday night. Following thetech giant's plans this week to put Google+ updates into the search stream, the US regulator was said by Reuters to be probin whether the social network was unfairly pushing down Google's competitors through results. Twitter, among others, have accused Google of 'warping' results by making it hard for Twitter to get as much prominence.

In response to requests for comment, Google had said that it had never been contacted regarding Google+. The FTC is known to start investigating a company with publicly available information before contacting the company. FTC officials also haven't acknowledged any activity.

Most of the antitrust investigation has so far focused on Android and Google's regular search. In all cases, Google has argued that it can't force customers to use Google search and that it's only fair a company promotes its own results and products first.

Including Google+ results was meant to help users find content shared by their friends without having to leave the main Google page.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ah Twitter

    Then provide free direct acces if its that important, twitter search is very restricted.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Copying Microsoft's evil tactics

    Microsoft was convicted of monopolistic and illegal business practices for bundling Internet Explorer with Windows. Netscape was crushed.

    Now Google is skewing their search results toward Google+. This gives Google+ an unfair advantage in terms of ad placements. And that's what Google is all about. 96% of Google's revenue comes from ads. And Google+ now gives advertisers a huge advantage because they'll show up in Google's search results as well as on Google+ itself.

    Monopolistic and illegal business practice? Evil?
    You be the judge.

  1. bigmig

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ah, nostalgia

    MSFT has been so docile ever since they lost the antitrust case. The old MSFT under Billy G would have killed GOOG long ago by making Bing the default search engine everywhere you go in Windows.

    It's nice to see another company take up the mantle and flagrantly abuse its market power without shame or concern for the legal consequences.

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