Search Manipulation Posts

FairSearch Europe Urges European Commission to Make Google Proposal Public, Proposal Reinforces Google’s Dominant Position Instead of Remedying Problems

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Statement attributable to Thomas Vinje, FairSearch Europe legal counsel and spokesman. The proposal has not been made public, but from what has been reported it appears that this solution may be worse for consumers and competitors than doing nothing at all. To redress Google’s abuse of its dominant position, the proposed commitments reportedly would charge Read more »

FairSearch Europe Initial View: Google’s Proposed Commitments are Worse than Nothing

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The following is a statement from Thomas Vinje, FairSearch Europe Legal Counsel. It is also available here. The European Commission has tentatively accepted a proposal by Google which is worse than doing nothing. These proposed commitments have not been subjected to any form of consultation, although it was thanks to market testing of industry participants that Read more »

Statement by FairSearch Europe: The Importance of Market Testing

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Reuters reported on Wednesday that Commissioner Joaquin Almunia is weighing a new proposal from Google to address antitrust concerns he raised in May 2012. The report also says that the Commission may move forward without consulting anyone outside the Commission. FairSearch has no independent confirmation of the story. Google’s first two proposals were rejected by Commissioner Read more »

Google’s Settlement Offer Again Fails to Restore Search Competition

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Google’s second proposal to settle the European Commission’s antitrust case has yet again fallen short of resolving the concerns that Google is illegally abusing its dominant position in search. Joaquin Almunia, the European Commission’s competition commissioner, told a Spanish radio station that Google’s latest proposal was “not acceptable.” As Bloomberg reported quoting the Commissioner: “‘The Read more »

Video: FairSearch Europe Briefing on Google’s Flawed Revised Proposal

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Last week, FairSearch Europe hosted a panel discussion and press briefing in Brussels to demonstrate the unity of stakeholder opposition to the second package of Google’s proposed commitments and to provide the evidence in support of this opposition. The proposed commitments are fatally flawed, and new studies show that Google’s latest proposal demonstrates no interest Read more »

Report: Canadian Officials ‘Have Reason to Believe’ Google is Violating Competition Laws

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Canadian competition authorities are moving forward in a formal probe of Google’s search and advertising practices, according to a report from the Financial Post, telling a federal court it has “reason to believe” Google is violating Canadian laws. Click here to see the court filing on the Canadian investigation. The Competition Bureau of Canada filed Read more »

Study finds Google New Proposal in EU ineffective, confuses consumers

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Click here to see the full study described below. Survey of 2,500 finds new Google proposal ineffective, confuses consumers Google’s proposal sends up to 40 times more traffic to own links than those of others Google’s proposal for mobile produced virtually no clicks for other services Clicks on Google’s links drop dramatically after removing their Read more »

Google’s Paid Product Listings Direct Consumers to Higher Prices, Reports Say

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

More reporters and other Google watchers are noting the company’s broken promises and how Google manipulates the display of results to boost its sales to the detriment of consumers. And with the holiday season here, new studies and reports find that consumers may be unwittingly paying more when searching for products on Google’s homepage. Advertisers Read more »

Another One of Google’s “Broken Promises”

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

More than a year after Google reached a deal to pay a record Federal Trade Commission fine of $22.5 million the search giant has reached a similar agreement with 37 states for $17 million for circumventing privacy settings on Safari Web browsers. Google bypassed user settings to block cookies, or small pieces of code that Read more »

Danny Sullivan on “Google’s Broken Promises”

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

FairSearch has frequently asked whether Google can really be trusted, a question that is as important as ever. Search Engine Land founding editor Danny Sullivan recently published a blog post titled “Google’s Broken Promises & Who’s Running The Search Engine?” calling Google out with two specific examples in the last two years. First broken promise, Read more »