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Brussels ‘to force Google to change way it presents results’

Published: January 15, 2013
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Google will be forced to change the way it presents search results in Europe or face sanctions from Brussels for unfairly manipulating its position as the world’s biggest internet search engine.

A Google Inc member of staff walks through the company headquarters in London, UK

Joaquin Almunia stressed that he was more concerned with the way that Google presents its results, rather than the complex codes at their heart

The European Union’s competition chief, Joaquin Almunia, said it is his conviction” that Google is unfairly promoting links to its own services above those of third party companies, and that he fears it is abusing its dominant position.

Google has been locked in a long-running row over whether it has changed its search results to give preferential treatment to links to its own services, at the expense of those from competitors.

Last week US regulators gave Google the all-clear, but Mr Almunia, who is heading up a Brussels’ investigation into the matter, made it clear that he will take the opposite stance.

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