Sina Technology News Beijing time on January 8 morning news, it is reported that India’s competition watchdog on Friday ordered an investigation into Google after receiving antitrust allegations from several news publishers.
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) said in its order that Google dominates the country’s online search services and risks imposing unfair conditions on news publishers.
In this regard, Google has not yet commented.
The accusations were made by a body called the Digital News Publishers Alliance, whose members include the digital divisions of some of India’s largest media companies. The agency said Google refused to offer its members a fair share of ad revenue.
“In a well-functioning democracy, the critical role of the news media cannot be ignored,” the CCI said. “Google is clearly using its dominance in the relevant market to enter/protect its position in the news aggregation service market.”
News organizations, which have so much of their revenue lost to online news aggregators like Google, have complained for years that tech companies use their content for free in search results or other features.
The CCI’s order also mentions new regulations in France and Australia following media lobbying and public pressure, which have led to billions of dollars worth of licensing deals around the world.