EU’s Vestager: check to see whether or not Google favors its own job-search tool

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU regulators have been checking Google for Jobs to see whether or not the company unfairly favors its fast-growing tool in the search of job opportunities, the eu antitrust chief said on Tuesday.

Launched two years ago, the tool has already drawn a host of complaints from the competitors on the alleged anti-competitive behaviour.

Earlier this month, 23 job search web sites in Europe and urged the European Commission to temporarily stop Google to stop such practices, as it is the case.

The european Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, has been distributed to 8.25 billion euros ($9.2 billion) penalty on the tech giant over the past few years, in three separate cases, concerns were expressed about the possibility of similar anti-competitive practices in the Alphabet of unity, Google and in other areas.

“And we’re looking now, or it’s the same thing that has happened to the other parts of Google’s business – search for a job in a company well-known such as Google to create Jobs,” Vestager told press in a conference held in Berlin, germany.

She said that the European Commission may adopt rules to rein in the tech giants, as they don’t play fair.

“There is also a wider problem in our society as a whole, we believe that it is okay for companies like Google and others, so as to have control over the success or failure of any company, and it is free to use any of that power in any way they like,” she said.

“If we don’t, we will find that we have regulation in order to ensure that each of these platforms to use their power in a way that is fair and does not discriminate against anyone,” Vestager said.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee, editing by Louise Heavens

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