CCI and 30 Indian companies accuse Google of rigging search results; find out …

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CCI and 30 Indian companies accuse Google of rigging search results; find out the other side of the story!.

Last year a European court discovered a “right to be forgotten” on the Internet, allowing Europeans to demand that search engines remove links in search results to news stories and other accurate information that these people don’t want discovered. Unless the Obama administration can rouse itself to intervene to protect an open Internet, Google GOOG 0.16 % could soon have to start deleting search results in the U.S., making the Internet inaccurate for Americans, too.

The court said the articles violated his privacy, even though the accounts were true, and ordered search engines to delist links that are “inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant or excessive.” This isn’t about privacy—it’s about hiding. After accusing Google of ambushing Zomato’s search results, Goyal added in a subsequent tweet that a senior Google executive told him that such practices were not within Google guidelines. He added that “a product manager must have gone rogue.” According to a report in the Economic Times, several companies including Flipkart, Nokia’s Map division, Facebook and MakeMyTrip had written to the Competition Commission of India with “complaints that US Internet giant abused its dominant market position, in their response to queries raised by the Competition Commission of India.” The report also listed Hungama Digital, GroupM and MapMyIndia among the other companies to have responded to CCI. For now, Google has denied any wrongdoing on its part in influencing, rigging or modifying search results, claiming it has been under stringent scrutiny the world over and has been cleared by national courts in several countries.

As Google put it, if the search engine allows France to edit its results globally, “We would find ourselves in a race to the bottom,” where “in the end, the Internet would only be as free as the world’s least free place.” European citizens, aided by a cottage industry of “reputation management” firms and lawyers, have invoked their right to be forgotten to get Google to delete links to one million Web pages of information, prevailing in about 40% of applications. BBC news articles suppressed by Google in Europe include reports of convictions of rapists, schoolteachers fired for having sex with students and business commentary during the credit crisis critical of Merrill Lynch.

The open Internet was built on American exceptionalism favoring free speech and permissionless innovation, not censorship and search algorithms vetted by lawyers. Kent added that Google hasn’t reduced online competition at all, in fact, the company has sent approximately 20 billion referrals to various Internet companies across Europe over the past 10 years.

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