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Report Alleges Microsoft, Google Maybe Using Spam Ads To Stifle Competition

 |  February 20, 2022

Confidential data reviewed by POLITICO has revealed gatekeeper search engines are funneling low-value ads to smaller search partners.

The report alleges Alphabet’s Google and Microsoft Corp. are using the online advertising market to the detriment of smaller rivals. The action threatens to establish a new antitrust clash in Europe, reported PMNTS. 

These two tech giants appear to be inundating smaller search engine partners with spam ads while keeping the most valuable adverts for themselves, the report found.

The report comes a week after the European Publishers Council (EPC) — an association that includes The New York Times, Germany’s Axel Springer and the UK’s Guardian — filed a complaint with the European Commission against Google, asking the regulator to restore conditions for effective competition in the AdTech value chain.

The European Commission has been investigating Google’s advertising practices since last year, when it sent questionnaires to publishers and advertising companies asking them about the role of Google as middleman in the AdTech value chain.

In addition, the US Department of Justice has been expediting its investigation of Google’s alleged antitrust practices.

Last fall, Margrethe Vestagerthe European Union’s commissioner for competitionsaid the European Parliament and European Council should approve legislation regulating Big Tech as soon as possible.

The data, compiled by anonymous researchers working in the AdTech space, found that Google and Microsoft release “low-value and irrelevant ads” to their partners.

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