Bias Posts

Google Is Not Above the Law

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The latest legal theory Google appears to be advancing in defense of serious questions about its anticompetitive business practices is simply that the company is above the law. At least, that appears to be the aim of Google’s recent effort to sponsor (i.e. pay for) a campaign of misdirection to change the subject away from Read more »

Google’s “Don’t Be Evil” Hoax Continues: Paid Inclusion Blurs “Lines Between Ads And Search Results”

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Image from Business Insider   Yesterday, the Business Insider blog reported on Google’s latest detachment from its “don’t be evil” tagline: the introduction of paid inclusion in search results. This means that Google advertising products, which compete with general and vertical search engines, will look even more like organic search results, and users will find Read more »

Amadeus Shares Expedia’s Concerns

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Last week, several European companies and organizations voiced support for TripAdvisor and Expedia after both filed complaints with the European Commission detailing Google’s anticompetitive behavior. This morning, Amadeus, a technology provider for the global travel and tourism industry, added its support to the growing group. In a corporate blog post, Amadeus wrote that it “shares Read more »

Google’s Actions and Rhetoric are at Odds… Again

Monday, March 12th, 2012

In yesterday’s San Jose Mercury News, Mike Swift cites five recent moves by Google that, according to the headline, “raise questions” about the company’s well-known “Don’t be Evil” motto. In particular, he points to the following: According to Swift: “To many veteran Google watchers, that pattern of behavior represented a distinct break from the past Read more »

Fact-Checking Google: (Having and) Favoring its Own Products

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

At the Sept. 21 Senate Antitrust Subcommittee hearing, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt was asked whether the company biases its results in favor of its own products or services. At the time, Schmidt testified that he was “not aware of any unnecessary or strange boosts or biases” in Google’s algorithm for Google’s own products and services. Read more »