EC Threatens Google With Trial Over Search Bias

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – The European Commission has warned Google that if it does not change its “biased” search results, then they will take the search giant to court.

Google has been under heavy pressure as of late by the EC over complaints that the company has rigged its search results to benefit themselves with higher rankings over their competition.

According to The Guardian, Joaquin Almunia, the European Commission’s head of competition, has notified Google in a letter to change its search policy by July 2 or face trial and possibly a fine.

Google released a statement to The Guardian saying, “We operate in over 100 countries around the world, and the Internet is disruptive by its nature. It’s understandable that our business should attract scrutiny and sometimes complaints in a few of those countries. We’re always happy to answer questions authorities may have about our business.”

The company’s spokesperson also announced that Google is working in cooperation with EC authorities and will continue conversations to correct the issues.

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