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European Commission Alleges Google Favors Search Content

The European Commission has informed Google that it believes the company has violated antitrust rules and "abused" its search dominance by "systematically" favoring its own content—a comparison shopping product—in general search results.

The EU sent a Statement of Objections to the company Wednesday (April 15), which is essentially a notification of the allegation, but does not "prejudge the outcome" of the antitrust investigation.

"The Commission's preliminary view is that such conduct infringes EU antitrust rules because it stifles competition and harms consumers," the EU said.

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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.