Google faces the possibility of having to revise its search concessions to the European Commission (EC) for a fourth time after being sent new complaints raised by rivals.
A statement from the EC, reported by Reuters, acknowledges that numerous complaints and arguments have been raised by stakeholders in response to Google’s third round of concessions that were issued earlier this year.
The EC said it has passed on these complaints to Google to see what new offers it could make on these matters.
"In the replies to our letters the complainants have submitted new arguments and data, some of which should be taken in consideration. We are now in contact with Google to see if they are ready to offer solutions," the EC said.
V3 contacted Google for comment on this statement, but had received no reply at the time of publication.
The EC accepted Google’s third set of concessions in February 2014, but numerous other industry stakeholders remain unhappy with the plans, with European publishers the latest to voice their dissent.
They criticised Google for promoting its own services at the expense of rivals and for drawing information from other sources to promote on Google’s own page, such as latest weather information.
However executive chairman Eric Schmidt hit back at this, claiming it was better for web users, and that was Google’s ultimate goal, not pleasing website owners.
“Ask for the weather and we give you the local weather right at the top. This means weather sites rank lower, and get less traffic. But because it’s good for users, we think that’s OK,” he wrote.
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