India accuses Google of rigging search results, following complaints by …

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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.

With Google being one of the largest and most popular search engines in the world, it is easy to see how tempting it would be for the company to produce search results that would favor them, like lead them back to the company’s own products or services, and so on. Unless the Obama administration can rouse itself to intervene to protect an open Internet, Google GOOG 0.44 % 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. The latter company claims that its position in the search engine ranks only go higher whenever they buy more advertising from Google, meaning that if you don’t have the money for advertising, your site could be pushed back despite it possibly being more relevant.

While Google has yet to respond to the accusations in India, over in Europe Google has pretty much dismissed claims of antitrust violations, but what say you? 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. 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. Google recently informed British newspapers that it had been obliged to remove stories about a shoplifting when the perpetrator asked to be forgotten. The open Internet was built on American exceptionalism favoring free speech and permissionless innovation, not censorship and search algorithms vetted by lawyers.

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