Italian Anti-Trust Case Against Google Closed

The Italian anti-trust authority is to drop its investigation against Google News in the country after the company made commitments to address competitive concerns raised.

The authorities were prompted into action against Google’s News service in Italy by the Italian Federation of Newspaper Publishers.

The organisation had claimed that its members were unable to remove or alter their content without taking down a particular news piece from Google’s main search engine, which could harm their revenue streams.

The Italian authorities dropped the investigation after Google deployed new controls that allow news agencies to remove their article from Google News without it affecting their search ranking. The search giant has promised to maintain the new system and has also agreed to reveal the revenue sharing agreement it has with partners of its AdSense advertising program.

The company said in a statement: “We have worked cooperatively with the Italian competition authority and our publishing partners to address their questions and concerns.”