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US gears up for Google Search antitrust battle

San Francisco - The US government looks likely to sue Google for antitrust violations over the company's dominant search platform, hiring a top private litigator to handle the case, reports said Friday.

The reports in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other media said that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had hired Beth Wilkinson, a former Justice Department prosecutor, to oversee its investigation into Google’s business practices.

The web software giant controls 66 per cent of the search market in the US and has been accused of favouring its own businesses and those of its partners in the order of search results it delivers.

The FTC confirmed Wilkinson’s appointment but stressed that no decision had been made on moving forward with litigation.

The development added to a growing pile of privacy problems at Google. The European Commission is already investigating Google’s practices, and the company said in a regulatory filing Friday that it is facing investigations in Argentina and South Korea.//DPA




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