Date
21 September 2017
Google said it has invested tens of millions of dollars to battle online piracy. Photo: Bloomberg
Google said it has invested tens of millions of dollars to battle online piracy. Photo: Bloomberg

Google defends search practices amid News Corp piracy charge

Google Inc. on Thursday defended its business practices after News Corp. called the technology giant a platform for piracy and an “unaccountable bureaucracy”. 

In Google’s official blog, Rachel Whetstone, head of global communications, stressed the company’s commitment to fighting online crime.

In the post titled “Dear Rupert”, referring to News Corp. executive chairman Rupert Murdoch, Whetstone said Google has invested tens of millions of dollars to battle piracy on its YouTube video website and removed 222 million web pages from its search engine last year due to copyright infringement.

Whetstone also defended Google’s practice of ranking search results, denying that it was the “gatekeeper to the Web, as some claim”.

Earlier this month, News Corp. chief executive Robert Thomson urged the European Commission to reconsider a settlement with Google over its search practices.

In a letter to Joaquín Almunia, the European Commissioner for Competition, Thomson said Google was “willing to exploit its dominant market position to stifle competition.”

Google has been the target of a European Commission investigation since November 2010, when more than a dozen complainants, including Microsoft Corp., accused the company of promoting its own services at their expense, the report said.

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