Google’s FTC report raises question: What happened to ‘Don’t be evil’?


A Federal Trade Commission report found that Google tilted the playing field in favor of its own services, and stole from rival companies, reinvigorating debate about the search giant and whether it violated its famed slogan: “Don’t be evil.”

Staff at the FTC’s enforcement bureau found that Google had promoted its own tools ahead of others and stolen content from companies, including Amazon, Yelp and TripAdvisor, as they became more competitive, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Specifically, the FTC said Google copied sales rankings, reviews and ratings from Amazon. Yelp also made similar claims about Google using their reviews. The FTC added that Google caused “significant harm” to competitors by surfacing its own content in response to search queries. …

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Via: Mashable: Business

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