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Italian Regulators’ antitrust probe against Google News

The Italian Federation Of Newspaper and Periodical Publishers (FIEG) has asked the Italy’s AGCM to examine whether Google is harming Italian papers by not being transparent enough about how news rankings work and by banning news sites from all of Google if they refuse to be in Google News. Google’s Italian offices were searched by financial police, according to Bloomberg. Carlo Malinconico, president of FIEG, in New York Times article: “Because Google does not disclose the criteria for ranking news articles or search results, he said, newspapers are unable to hone their content to try to earn more revenue from online advertising. Ad revenue on the Web is directly proportional to the size of the audience, which is heavily influenced by search or Google News rankings.”

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