A PYMNTS Company

Israel: Watchdog probes Google’s dominance on adds

 |  December 11, 2017

A report from Haaretz on Monday, December 11, stated that Google is facing scrutiny by Israel’s antitrust agency following a complaint from video advertising platform Artimedia.

“For the first time ever, Google has come into the crosshairs of Israel’s Antitrust Authority, which has begun examining the implications of its dominance of the internet advertising market as a possible restraint of trade,” reported Haaretz on Monday. “The authority, which confirmed it has begun looking into the matter, has until now refrained from doing so because it never received an official complaint nor has it found any indication that the law was violated.”

“As a result, Google has never been declared a monopoly nor have any restraints been placed on its ad business,” they explained, adding, “Now, however, Artimedia, an Israeli platform for video advertising has filed a complaint.”

The complaint argues that Google’s advertising services “illustrate Google’s tremendous conglomerate power, which extends across the digital advertising continuum in all its forms.”

Full Content: Haaretz

Want more news? Subscribe to CPI’s free daily newsletter for more headlines and updates on antitrust developments around the world.