Codebreaker

Google has two weeks to do some ‘splaining to Euroregulators

John Moe May 22, 2012

Oh Google and Europe. Sometimes I think it’s going to be just like in the movies and at the height of their loud, screaming argument, they’ll just start totally making out. European regulators are giving Google a couple of weeks to provide substantive reasons why it’s not abusing its power as the dominant search engine on the market. It mostly has to do with whether and how Google gives preferential treatment to its own products in search results.

At issue, according to the BBC:

– The manner in which Google displays “its own vertical search services differently” from other, competing products.

– How Google “copies content” from other websites – such as restaurant reviews – to include within their own services.

– The “exclusivity” Google has to sell advertising around search terms people use.

– Restrictions surrounding portability of advertising content which prevents “seamless transfer” to other non-Google platforms.

Now, Europe is much more protective than the US, more likely to favor a heavy regulatory hand, but these charges have been made against Google here too. Would a big ruling against the company, or an overhaul on Google’s part, change Google As We Know It? Don’t answer! Rhetorical question!

We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.