Sina Technology News On the evening of January 12, Beijing time, it was reported that the German anti-monopoly agency "Federal Cartel Agency" (FCO) said today that in order to avoid further antitrust investigations, Google has proposed to remove the content of its news service News Showcase from search results.
Germany's Federal Cartel Bureau announced on Wednesday that it had decided to launch a broader antitrust investigation into Google and its parent company Alphabet under the authority granted by the latest antitrust law. The Federal Cartel Bureau also said at the time that it was already investigating Google's use of personal data more intensively, as well as Google's News Showcase service.
The Federal Cartel Bureau said working with Google could attract publishers and other news providers and provide consumers with better information services. However, it is important to ensure that the process does not discriminate against individual publishers. Google's strong position in reaching end customers cannot force other news publishers or providers to withdraw from the competition.
In fact, as early as last June, the Federal Cartel Bureau launched an antitrust investigation into Google's News Showcase. News Showcase, a news display platform launched by Google in October 2020, has signed cooperation agreements with nearly 200 publishers around the world.
Regarding Google's proposal today, the Federal Cartel Office said it would consult with affected news publishers to assess whether Google's proposal was valid.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in 2020 that he plans to invest $1 billion over three years to promote the growth of News Showcase, and will continue to expand the plan in the future.