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#1 » Internet Golliath, Google fined $21M for search bias crime in India, again by Erudite (f) from Naija » February 11th, 2018, 3:13 pm

Internet and search giant, none other than Google has been slammed another fine of $21.1 million in India for the usual crime of search bias. What is search bias? Or what is bias?

bias (noun), pronounced /ˈbʌɪəs/
1. inclination or prejudice for or against one person or group, especially in a way considered to be unfair.

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As the search giant, many end users rely on google search results for decisions that could even have great imppact on their lives and career. That is why in this tech age, the issue of search is not taken lightly. So, this means Google has been unfairly using their position as search giant to preferentially favor some results over others even if it is illegal? They were fined in India. Is this crime only peculiar to India? Is same thing going noticed or unnoticed in other nations? We will find out in the detail of the news article below.

Another antitrust fine for Google. India's competition commission has issued a 1.36BN rupees (~$21.1M) penalty on the search giant for abusing its dominant position in the local search market for online general web search and web search advertising services.

"Google was leveraging its dominance in the market for online general web search, to strengthen its position in the market for online syndicate search services. The competitors were denied access to the online search syndication services market due to such a conduct, writes the Competition Commission of India (CCI) in a press release.

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"Further, prohibitions imposed under the negotiated search intermediation agreements upon the publishers have been held to be unfair as they restricted the choice of these partners and prevented them from using the search services provided by competing search engines."

Detailing a specific instance of Google's search bias, the CCI says its investigation found that Google was directing web users who were searching for flights to its own flight search page -- and thereby disadvantaging businesses trying to gain market access, while also unfairly imposing its products on users of general search services as well.

The watchdog did also clear Google of any competition violations related to other elements of its business -- specifically specialized search design (OneBoxes), AdWords, online intermediation and distribution agreements.

The original complaint against the company was filed in India in 2012 by a local matchmaking website.

Commenting on the order, a Google spokesman told us: "We have always focused on innovating to support the evolving needs of our users. The Competition Commission of India has confirmed that, on the majority of issues it examined, our conduct complies with Indian competition laws.

"We are reviewing the narrow concerns identified by the Commission and will assess our next steps," he added.

The size of the CCI's fine was calculated based on Google's revenue from its operations in India only, and equates to around 5 per cent of its turnover in the market.

Meanwhile Google's parent company, Alphabet, reported full year revenue of $110.8BN for 2017. So $21M really is just pocket change for the US tech giant -- which also continues to flesh out the feature set of its vertical search products.

Last summer the European Union's Competition Commission made its presence more firmly felt by slapping Google with a record breaking $2.7BN antitrust fine relating to the Google Shopping search comparison service and following a multi years investigation.

In that case search placement that privileges Google's own commercial products also got the company into hot water.

The EC's antitrust watchdog objected to it systematically privileging its own shopping product in search results and also found that it had been demoting rival vertical search services in its general search results. That combination of actions was deemed illegal under the bloc's competition rules.

In the EU Google has since made changes to how it displays shopping search results to try to remedy the situation -- and avoid further fines -- by letting anyone bid for the ads it displays at the top of product-related search results.

However recent analysis of how that remedy is working suggests it's not made material difference to competitors -- with Google's own shopping search ads still accounting for more than 99 per cent of the ads displaying alongside shopping searches. And Google rivals have called for more changes.

The EU watchdog is also continuing to actively investigate other areas of Google's business, including its Android operating system.

And has publicly acknowledged complaints against other Google products -- including maps and travel search, with the bloc's antitrust chief suggesting it may open other investigations.

Report culled from the original source, TechCrunch.

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#2 » Re: Internet Golliath, Google fined $21M for search bias crime in India, again by eMade (f) from Abuja » February 11th, 2018, 3:25 pm

Yes, monopoly can pose many risks. That is why I love and adore the courage of nations like Russia and China who have their own search giants instead of letting Google milk them of their digital wealth. I hope countries like Nigeria learn quickly.
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#3 » Re: Internet Golliath, Google fined $21M for search bias crime in India, again by Horsfall George from Port-Harcourt » February 11th, 2018, 4:09 pm

Google should take care ooo, i think Wikipedia is more cool.
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#4 » Re: Internet Golliath, Google fined $21M for search bias crime in India, again by Key7 from Osogbo » February 11th, 2018, 4:22 pm

@OP, why call them GOLIATH? Are you prediction a future of doom or fall like Bible Goliath for Google? :shkd:
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#5 » Re: Internet Golliath, Google fined $21M for search bias crime in India, again by Horsfall George from Port-Harcourt » February 11th, 2018, 4:33 pm

Maybe internet David will crush them down. @Key7
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#6 » Re: Internet Golliath, Google fined $21M for search bias crime in India, again by Emi (f) » February 11th, 2018, 4:40 pm

Horsfall George wrote:Maybe internet David will crush them down. @Key7

Hmm. Nothing is impossible. Change is inevitable.
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#7 » Re: Internet Golliath, Google fined $21M for search bias crime in India, again by Hotsaint from NIGERIA » February 11th, 2018, 4:43 pm

OK them should take care of it
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#8 » Re: Internet Golliath, Google fined $21M for search bias crime in India, again by Hotsaint from NIGERIA » February 11th, 2018, 4:43 pm

OK them should take care of it
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