06/02/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/02/2019 14:27
Officials from the Justice Department's Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission, which also enforces antitrust law, let in recent weeks to give the Justice Department jurisdiction over Google.
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the potential investigation will focus on accusations that Google gave preference to its own businesses in searches.
This is not the company's first run in with antitrust allegations. In 2013, the FTC closed an investigation of Google, where the company agreed to end the practice of scraping reviews and other data from rivals websites in favor of its own products.
'TripAdvisor remains concerned about Google's practices in the United States, the EU and throughout the world,' Kaufer said. 'For the good of consumers and competition on the internet, we welcome any renewed interest by U.S. regulators into Google's anticompetitive behavior.'
The decision made by the Justice Department could ultimately have wide reaching effects on the world's largest tech companies and their anti-competitive practices.