Publishers Urge European Commission To Reject Google’s Competition Proposal

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Hundreds of European publishers have issued a call for the European Commission to reject draft remedies put forward by Google to settle concerns about market dominance in web searching and search advertising.

The European Commission is negotiating with Google over concerns about “potential harm to consumers of reduced choice, quality and innovation.” Google is responsible for over 90 percent of web searches in Europe, the publishers said in release.

The publishers’ press release is available here [pdf]. The release contains a link to a joint paper analysing Google’s package of proposed measures.

The paper argues that Google diverts traffic away from its competitors through the way it promotes its own specialised search services. It also has used preferential treatment of its own services and through the unauthorised use of third party content such as reviews or news. The publishers argue that the company’s proposals would not resolve concerns.

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