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Google Accused of Rigging Search Results in India

Google is no longer in hot water just in Europe, but in India too.

The search giant has been accused by India’s Competition Commission (CCI) of using its monopoly of the market to give its own products and services prominence over that of its competitors.

The Economic Times is reporting the CCI director general filed a report last week after receiving complaints about Google from arranged marriage service Bharat Matrimony and Consumer Unity and Trust Society a non-profit organization.

The complaints were backed up by a number of Internet companies including Flipkart, Facebook, Nokia’s maps division, MakeMyTrip and Hungama Digital.

The CCI, in its report, accused Google of giving its own content and services higher placement in search results than other sources that have higher hit rates.

Google could face a fine of up to 10 percent of its income — which would amount to well over $1 billion — if it is found guilty.

Google has been given until Sept. 10 to respond to the CCI’s accusations. It must also appear before a seven-member commission a week later.

“We’re currently reviewing this report from the CCI’s ongoing investigation. We continue to work closely with the CCI and remain confident that we comply fully with India’s competition laws,” Google said in a statement.

“Regulators and courts around the world, including in the U.S., Germany, Taiwan, Egypt and Brazil, have looked into and found no concerns on many of the issues raised in this report.”

Google is has been in hot water with the European Union for some time. The EU officially charged Google with violating anti-trust laws in April.

If Google and the EU cannot reach a settlement, the tech giant will be looking at massive fines — at least $6 billion — and restrictions on its behavior.

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Jennifer Cowan

Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.