June 27, 2017

Google caught in the act of manipulation

Google's being fined by the E.U. for discriminatory search results.
The European Union’s antitrust regulator on Tuesday fined Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL -1.42% Google a record €2.42 billion ($2.71 billion) for favoring its own comparison-shopping service in search results and ordered the search giant to apply the same methods to rivals as its own when displaying their services.
Here's my question, and it's pretty much a rhetorical one: If Google is manipulating search results on shopping services, and it's being run by anti-Trump, anti-Republican, and anti-conservative silicon valley liberals, isn't it possible probable that they are doing the same on political stories?

Caught in the act by the E.U., they'll likely appeal the fine. But should they lose expect them to make the minimal changes necessary to avoid other lawsuits or fines. In other words, don't expect Google's shopping products to drop out of the top 3 results. By extension, don't expect them to alter search results to a level of fairness where Fox News pages on apolitical story come in ahead of NBC's or CNN's. That's not going to happen.

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