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Google's Job Search Tool Under E.U. Investigation

     
3:05 pm on Aug 28, 2019 (gmt 0)

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The E.U. is investigating Google's job search tool, Jobs, which it is claimed is driving competitors out of the market. The Jobs tool sits at the top of the SERPs, and means users don't need to click through to competitors.

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager questioned whether it was fair the tech giant had "such control over the success or failure" of its rivals.

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5:06 am on Aug 29, 2019 (gmt 0)

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G will always over-reach first, then pull back only when admonished. One of those "wait and see what happens" situations.

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This situation only illustrates the dire situation this is. When Google controls search to this extent, and they venture into every conceivable area of the web where there is money, they can modify and tweak their results pages to filter wherever they choose. It's unavoidable. When you consider that the top is not organic, but ads or their own properties or info to keep people on Google, then obviously a job search tool is hardly the issue. It's systemic. The EU can keep at this until the day they all die. They are not dealing with the root cause or issue. It's senseless to make this pursuit. They can, and apparently will do this all day long. Google just keeps eating. They will just keep doing other things if you squash this one, minuscule aspect. Google can't really eat news or music yet, but expect them to pay for that content, making those industries happy. Facebook paving the way for that model. Vestager should be rethinking strategy and resources. I'm sure Google laughs at these pursuits at this point.