Read Yelp’s full letter to the FTC accusing Google of violating its deal with the government (GOOG, GOOGL)

12 Sep , 2017 Business

Google CEO Sundar Pichai

Yelp escalated its battle with Google this week with a letter to the US Federal Trade Commission claiming that Google was breaking the terms of a settlement by using images from Yelp in search results.

In 2012, Google brought its FTC investigations to a close by agreeing to allow rival sites to opt-out of allowing Google to “scrape,” or collect information or images from websites to use in its own search results.

But in a letter to FTC Chair Maureen Ohlhausen on Sunday obtained by Business Insider, Yelp urged the FTC to reopen the investigation, arguing that an hourlong investigation yielded 385,888 images of local businesses posted by Yelp users that appeared in Google’s local search results, a direct violation of the settlement.

“Google should be held accountable and subject to remedies sufficient
to ensure its anticompetitive conduct does not continue to harm competition and
consumers,” Yelp Vice President of Global Public Policy Luther Lowe wrote in the letter.

No “scraping” clause

Following the 2012 settlement, Google agreed to stop scraping sites like Yelp for images, which Yelp argued reduced competition.

But the Wall Street Journal noted that Yelp noticed its images had begun showing up in Google search results last month.

The letter, …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Finance

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