Google Faces Antitrust Inquiry in India After News Publishers Complain

India’s competitors watchdog on Friday ordered an investigation into Alphabet’s Google following allegations from information publishers, saying its preliminary view was that the tech large had damaged some antitrust legal guidelines.

In its order, the Competitors Fee of India (CCI) mentioned Google dominates sure on-line search providers within the nation and should have imposed unfair situations on information publishers.

Google didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

The complainant, Digital Information Publishers Affiliation, which contains the digital arms of a few of India’s greatest media firms, mentioned Google denied truthful promoting income to its members.

“In a well-functioning democracy, the crucial position performed by information media can’t be undermined,” the CCI order mentioned. “It seems that Google is utilizing its dominant place within the related markets to enter/shield its place available in the market for information aggregation service.”

Information organisations, which have been dropping promoting income to on-line aggregators corresponding to Google, have complained for years about tech firms utilizing tales in search outcomes or different options with out cost.

The CCI order additionally talked about new guidelines in Australia and France — fuelled by media lobbying and public strain — which have led to licensing offers all over the world collectively price billions of {dollars}.

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