FTC Raps Google’s Knuckles…Lightly…
- Company nearly exonerated, must make “few relatively minor changes to the way it conducts” its dominant search service.
- Google agreed to limit its annotation of content from other websites and to give advertisers more control over ad campaigns.
- Google agreed to license certain mobile phone patents that it purchased when it bought-out Motorola Mobility.
- FTC declined to press charges over whether Google’s improperly biased its search results and harmed consumers by favoring Google content.
- Google’s search results “may have had the effect of harming individual competitors,” the FTC stated, they “could be plausibly justified as innovations that improved Google’s product and the experience of its users.”