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FTC accused Google of anti-competitive tactics in 2012, but dropped investigation in 2013

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 21 Mar 2015 23:08 User comments (1)

FTC accused Google of anti-competitive tactics in 2012, but dropped investigation in 2013 According to the WSJ, high level Federal Trade Commission officials recommended a lawsuit against Google back in 2012 over anti-competitive practices, but eventually dropped the request in 2013.
The FTC went as far as to say that the search giant had a monopoly on the Internet, and was abusing its power.

Staff members blasted the company in a 160-page critique, concluding that Google's "conduct has resulted--and will result--in real harm to consumers and to innovation in the online search and advertising markets."

In 2013, however, FTC commissioners voted unanimously to end any investigation after Google made voluntary changes to its practices. It also appears that the FTC's economic bureau did not favor legal action against Google, so the commissioners had multiple conflicting reports to deal with.

See more here: Inside the U.S. Antitrust Probe of Google

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122.3.2015 3:03

So you mean Google wasn't playing "Ball" in 2012 so we wasted all the money and resources in effort to "Show them" and when Google realized the seriousness they agreed to get back in the "Game"? Nothing new, sounds like a typical discrepancy with Microsoft.

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