The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a comment today pushing against a rising media narrative that it may have gone too easy on Google during its multi-year antitrust probe on the search company’s ranking of results to benefit its own products. In the end, Google agreed to change some of its business practices, and the FTC closed its investigation.
While the issue was resolved between the government and Google in the first days of 2013, the issue came roaring back to life after, using the FTC’s own wording, a chunk of an internal file from the agency fell victim to “inadvertent disclosure.”
The Wall Street Journal published the document, which caught fire over lines from its pages stating that, at least in the view of some FTC staffers, “Google’s conduct has resulted – and will result – in real harm to consumers and to innovation in the online search and advertising markets.”
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