Yelp asks Europe to take new antitrust action against Google

Yelp asks Europe to take new antitrust action against Google

According to the Financial Times (paywall), Yelp has formally complained to the European Commission (EC) that Google “abused its dominance in local search” and is seeking a formal Statement of Objections (antitrust charges) against the company.

The logic of the complaint is nearly identical to claims made against Google in the shopping search context: Google systematically favors “its own content,” minimizing that of competitors. The EC said when it brought the formal Statement in shopping search and subsequently fined Google roughly $2.7 billion that similar actions were possible.

Google has denied it has abused its…

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