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A San Francisco court ruled last week that Google has the right to arrange its search results as it pleases, which confirms the company’s long-held position, while underscoring the stark difference in how U.S. and European authorities seek to regulate the search giant.
The new ruling, which is the first since 2007 to address Google’s rights under the First Amendment, came after a website called CoastNews argued that Google had unfairly pushed it far down in its search results – even though, CoastNews claimed, its site appeared at the top of results created by Bing and Yahoo. CoastNews suggested the poor rankings were because Google wanted to eliminate CoastNews as a potential competitor.
Google responded by filing an “anti-SLAPP” motion, a legal tactic used to quickly challenge lawsuits that seek to stifle free speech. In a one-paragraph ruling, Judge Ernest Goldsmith granted the request, saying CoastNews’ claims against Google related to “constitutionally protected activity.”US Court Rules Google Can Arrange Its SERPs As It Likes [gigaom.com]
small guys, like "CoastNews".
Look at the make up of the court that issued the judgment
I wonder if they wouldn't just pull out?
Neither case raised the issue of Google shifting revenue to it's own benefit. That would raise different issues.
ou never heard governments going ape when the Yellow Pages promoted their stuff above everyone else
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Google is the only company which can rise and tank bussinesses, no matter as how good they are.
Most of the time they don't change because it's easier to leave the default search where it is.
Google is the search engine of choice for most people, and when I say "choice," I mean just that, because consumers have to consciously choose Google over other search options.