Friday, February 09, 2018

India fines Google $21 million for “indulging in practices of search bias”

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ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of seventeen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies). Coming in November 2017 is Confessions of an Islamophobe (Bombardier Books).

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/02/india-fines-google-21-million-for-indulging-in-practices-of-search-bias

India fines Google $21 million for “indulging in practices of search bias”


This article notes how Google manipulates its searches to favor its own products and partners, but it doesn’t touch on Google’s even more insidious practice of manipulating its searches to favor its own ideological biases, which are, of course, hard-Left. Last year, Google changed its searches on Islamic topics to push Islamic proselytizing and propaganda. For years, Jihad Watch was the first result that came up when one searched for “jihad” on Google; that was when Google search results were based on subject congruence and popularity of the site. But now, when one searches for “jihad” on Google, the first few pages are full of Islamic apologetic nonsense about how Islam is a religion of peace; Jihad Watch doesn’t show up until around page six.
That is just one example. Google now manipulates its searches on a massive scale, to deep-six those who tell the truth about Islam and jihad, and to favor the hard-Left line across the board. The U.S. needs to follow India’s example in this, and pursue anti-trust legislation to break up Google and the other social media giants, which now have control over the means of communication that totalitarian states only dreamed of.
“Google told to pay Rs 135.86 crore fine for abusing its power in India,” Economic Times, February 9, 2018 (thanks to Lookmann):
NEW DELHI|MUMBAI: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed a ?136-crore fine on Google for “search bias” and abusing its “dominant position”.
The Indian competition regulator’s ruling comes after similar setbacks in the European Union and Russia for the world’s most popular search engine.
In a 190-page order, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) said Google abused its dominant position on three counts that largely relate to search, while no foul play was seen in case of advertising. CCI imposed a penalty amounting to 5% of the average revenue generated from India over the three years to FY15, an amount of ?135.85 crore, which has to be deposited within 60 days. A maximum penalty of 10% can be imposed under the Act.
“Google was found to be indulging in practices of search bias and by doing so, it causes harm to its competitors as well as to users,” the order said. “Google was leveraging its dominance in the market for online general web search, to strengthen its position in the market for online syndicate search services,” the CCI said. The ruling follows complaints filed by Matrimony.com and Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS) in 2012 against Google LLC, Google India Pvt Ltd and Google Ireland Ltd.
Key Complaint Alleges Discrimination
The key complaint against Google is that it operates search and its advertising services AdWords in a discriminatory manner, causing harm to advertisers and indirectly to consumers.
Further, it was alleged to be creating an uneven playing field by favouring Google’s own services and partners, through manually manipulating its search results to the advantage of its vertical partners….
Last year in a similar case the European Union’s anti-trust arm fined Google $2.7 billion for promoting its own products over others in what should have been a “universal” search. Google also settled an anti-trust matter in Russia out of court….