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While Google is known primarily as a search engine, it has increasingly developed and promoted its own content as an alternative to results from other websites. By prominently displaying Google content in response to search queries, Google is able to leverage its dominance in search to gain customers for this content. This yields serious concerns if the internal content is inferior to organic search results. To investigate, we implement a randomized controlled trial in which we vary the search results that users are shown comparing Google’s current policy of favorable treatment of Google content to results in which external content is displayed. We find that users are 45% more likely to engage with universal search results (i.e. prominently displayed map results on Google) when the results are organically determined. This suggests that by leveraging dominance in search to promote its internal content, Google is reducing social welfare leaving consumers with lower quality results and worse matches. Study: "Is Google degrading search? Consumer Harm from Universal Search [slideshare.net]
Last time I checked the Vatican has not canonized any companies.
Are you honestly trying to claim that each business is not pushing their own agenda and that sometimes they fund research to do that?
I'd like to say on topic and skip the Google whining
Not that it is important to this discussion, but I thought that Google dropped the "Do No Evil" motto back in 2009?
I have no techie knowledge