Documents leaked to TechCrunch from inside Yelp allege that Google is manipulating its search results to favor Google+ content over Yelp content. The materials accuse Google of blatantly highlighting its own products in searches made in the US but not in Europe in order to avoid angering EU regulators who are reviewing Google antitrust complaints.
The source tells me these screenshots and study are what’s being passed around internally at Yelp to demonstrate that Google’s tactics are unfair. Yelp recently joined a formal complaint about the leniency of an EU antitrust settlement with Google, the New York Times reported today, and my source says these documents helped inspired this action.
European Commissioner For Competition Joaquín Almunia
In early 2013, Google won a breezy settlement with the FTC in the U.S. over similar antitrust concerns, which disappointed critics because its practice of directing traffic to its own services like Google+ were deemed legal. Yelp…
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