The German competition authority launches an investigation into the Google news presentation


The German competition authority said it is investigating Alphabet's Google News Showcase, a platform that provides news on the tech giant's news site, and said that cooperation with Google may be attractive to publishers and other news providers and provide consumers with better information services.

However, it must be ensured that this does not discriminate between individual publishers, the statement said, and that Google's strong position in reaching end customers should not lead to the exclusion of competing offers from other publishers or news providers.

In response, Google said its Showcase product, which launched last fall, was one of the many ways it supported journalism, based on products and funds all publishers could benefit from. on objective and non-discriminatory criteria, and partner content is not given preference in ranking our results, Google would cooperate with the investigation.

This is the second case to open against Google in a matter of days after the German antitrust watchdog launched an investigation into whether the US search giant was abusing its market dominance in the way it handles user data, and the Bonn-based watchdog also benefited from the enhanced powers it has given. Granted under recent reforms to German competition laws to open new investigations into Facebook and Amazon about their data practices.


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