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Google Faces an Accusation of Unfair Competition

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Expedia and Tripadvisor, as nicely as tourism organization unions, accuse Google of unfair level of competition.

“Abuse of dominant position”. This is what Google is – when again – accused of. Final week, the Expedia and Tripadvisor platforms, as nicely as several tourism organization unions, accused Google of unfair level of competition in a letter addressed to the European Commissioner for Opposition, Margrethe Vestager. 34 corporations and six tourism organization unions from ten international locations have signed this letter.

In the assertion, the organizations complain that the American large could abuse its dominant position in on the internet exploring in buy to endorse its individual services: in this case, vacation rentals. “We are at the moment witnessing an attempt by Google to extend its dominance in the on the internet research for vacation rentals,” writes the signatory corporations. The European Commission and Google declined to comment.

Final week’s letter was released two times in advance of the prolonged-awaited hearings in advance of European justice in Luxembourg in a equivalent case, which Google is appealing. The American large was fined 2.four billion euros in 2017 by the European Commission for favoring Google Searching, its home selling price comparison services, to the detriment of its rivals.

A 67-web site criticism was also filed with the European Commission in March 2019 by a organization based in Germany, whose title has been withheld. The letter shows all choice-makers how vital it is for the electronic economic climate to make your mind up on the query of no matter whether or not to endorse its individual services. The latter represents two plaintiffs in the case of Google Searching, as nicely as the organization that filed a criticism in the case of the vacation rental web-sites past spring.

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