Google+ allegedly part of FTC antitrust probe
using a person's Google+ profile. Results also include "related people and pages" of content from the search firm's social networking site. Google users started to complain when it was discovered that the Google+ content was replacing more relevant information from other sites like Facebook and Twitter. It was the latter that broadcast its displeasure at the changes, saying that the new initiative from Google was "bad for people, publishers, news organizations"along with Twitter's own users. Google was taken aback by Twitter's comments, especially since the contract between the two was not renewed, most likely for financial reasons, giving the former the space it needed to use content from its own social networking site.
While the Electronic Privacy Information Center called on the FTC to take a long look at Google's business practices, the company's Chairman defended the actions taken by Google. Eric Schmidt said that he believed his company did nothing wrong and said that he would talk to Facebook and Twitter about having their content added back to search results.
Despite its own internal "Don't be evil" rule, Google said back in June that the FTC was sniffing around the company and the FTC is said to be also investigating claims that Google will not let smartphone manufacturers using its Android open source OS pre-install other search engine sites on phones.
A couple of other problems, one dealing with Google breaking its rule against paid links, and the other having to do with Google allegedly stealing data from a Kenyan business site, have many wondering about how Google does business. With the FTC apparently broadening its investigation to include Google+, we should get a answer in the future.
source:Bloomberg via AppleInsider
2. rf1975 posted on 14 Jan 2012, 14:19 1 2
Eric Schmidt will say "we did nothing wrong" for their all ill practices.
Here is another example of googles don't be evil...
3. The_Miz posted on 14 Jan 2012, 19:00 1 7
Google as usual acting like the monopoly that it is. I think it's not fair and Froogle should be fined and sued.
5. InspectorGadget80 posted on 15 Jan 2012, 12:11 0 0
Like Apple banning every mobile device around the globe. Apple is also acting like a Monoply trying to control the mobile market
4. Abdul92 posted on 14 Jan 2012, 20:41 2 2
Typical Google. Next. Google+ can't succeed if they don't find their market. I don't think that it is in social networking.