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BY JOHN O’CONNOR

ANCHOR LOGAN TITTLE

Google scored a major legal victory Thursday. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission unanimously ruled to drop its investigation into potential antitrust violations by the search giant. The BBC has more.

“The U.S. Federal Trade Commission says it’s found no evidence that the firm unfairly exploits its dominant market position despite complaints from Microsoft and others.” 

According to ABC News, the F.T.C. has been investigating rivals’ complaints for nearly two years now that Google’s search results are skewed to favor its own services.

But the F.T.C. said it found “ … no evidence the tech giant used unfair tactics to thwart competing sites. Google escaped the investigation without paying a fine, but it will voluntarily change some of its practices to be more open to competitors … ” 

The New York Times’ Edward Wyatt says the decision amounts to no more than “a slap on the wrist.”

“By allowing Google to continue to present search results that highlight its own services, the F.T.C. decision could enable Google to further strengthen its already dominant position on the Internet.” 

A writer for the Wall Street Journal would most likely agree, saying the F.T.C’s ruling is a decisive legal victory for Google.

“The company has an incentive to keep users on its search page and other properties, like Maps — the more eyeballs there are on search results, the higher the likelihood that they will click on an ad that is run by Google.”  

But the Washington Post notes Google still faces a similar investigation elsewhere — another antitrust probe which was launched in the European Union back in 2010. 

FTC Drops Google Antitrust Investigation

by John O'Connor
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Jan 4, 2013

FTC Drops Google Antitrust Investigation

 

(Image Source: Wall Street Journal)

BY JOHN O’CONNOR

ANCHOR LOGAN TITTLE

Google scored a major legal victory Thursday. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission unanimously ruled to drop its investigation into potential antitrust violations by the search giant. The BBC has more.

“The U.S. Federal Trade Commission says it’s found no evidence that the firm unfairly exploits its dominant market position despite complaints from Microsoft and others.” 

According to ABC News, the F.T.C. has been investigating rivals’ complaints for nearly two years now that Google’s search results are skewed to favor its own services.

But the F.T.C. said it found “ … no evidence the tech giant used unfair tactics to thwart competing sites. Google escaped the investigation without paying a fine, but it will voluntarily change some of its practices to be more open to competitors … ” 

The New York Times’ Edward Wyatt says the decision amounts to no more than “a slap on the wrist.”

“By allowing Google to continue to present search results that highlight its own services, the F.T.C. decision could enable Google to further strengthen its already dominant position on the Internet.” 

A writer for the Wall Street Journal would most likely agree, saying the F.T.C’s ruling is a decisive legal victory for Google.

“The company has an incentive to keep users on its search page and other properties, like Maps — the more eyeballs there are on search results, the higher the likelihood that they will click on an ad that is run by Google.”  

But the Washington Post notes Google still faces a similar investigation elsewhere — another antitrust probe which was launched in the European Union back in 2010. 

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