Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw Enforcement & Police · 7 years ago

which antirtust act was Google accused of violating?

The Sherman Act, The Federal Trade Commission Act, or the Clayton Act...which one of these specifically was Google accused of Violating

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  • 7 years ago
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    per cbs news website:

    "Google hasn't violated any antitrust laws, the Federal Trade Commission announced Thursday, but it has agreed to make some changes in how it treats its rivals as part of a settlement to end the 19-month investigation into its business practices.

    The FTC's investigation focused on allegations that Google has been abusing its dominance in Internet search. Google's rivals say the company has been highlighting its own services on its influential results page while burying the links to competing sites.

    Google Inc. has fiercely defended its right to recommend the websites that it believes are the most relevant.

    The FTC said it voted unanimously to close the investigation on whether Google's algorithm unfairly favored itself because there was no evidence that Google violated antitrust laws."


    It was the Sherman Act.

    The Sherman Antitrust Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1-7, which governs American antitrust law, makes direct and indirect "restraint of trade or commerce" illegal, both in interstate and foreign markets. The Clayton Antitrust Act, under 15 U.S.C. §§ 12-27, amended the Sherman Act in 1914 to include specific prohibited acts, such as price discrimination and mergers and acquisitions that substantially reduce competition. The Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act, 15 U.S.C. § 6a, also limited the Sherman Act's application to foreign trade only where "such conduct has a direct, substantial, and reasonably foreseeable effect" on "trade or commerce" within the United States.

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