Yelp accused Google of abusing its powers yet again. Google faces a number of criticisms across the globe. The EU attacked Google for running a monopoly. American regulators are also reviewing the company’s practices. All in all, Google is fast becoming one of the most controversial web companies on the planet.
Now it appears Google violated an agreement with the business review site Yelp. This comes after a 2012 agreement not to undertake such a practice. Seeking Alpha reported on the issue.
Google Faces Fine
Yelp filed a report with the FTC. Google reportedly violated an agreement not to use photos from Yelp for their own services. This agreement will expire at the end of 2017. Still, Google used these photos in its own business search results. Yelp believes that the search giant used almost 390,000 photos from its servers for the popular Google Maps service. If the FTC steps in, Google faces a fine for such practices. The FTC said that it would step in with such a fine if Yelp proves the accusations.
There is no easy answer here. The fight might drag on for months or even years. There is a chance that Google and Yelp reaches an agreement similar to the 2012 terms. This could also devolve into a major fight between the feds and Google, similar to what is happening in Europe right now. Google didn’t think it would get caught. Furthermore, it also appears prepared to fight this one to the end. However, Yelp is no small company, either.
Whichever direction this battle turns to, it underscores a deeper discord everywhere Google sets up shop. The company abuses its power regardless of location and drags down other companies with it. All of these are not acceptable and show the potential dangers of the information age.
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