Google said on Sunday it’s removed lots of browser extensions of online conglomerate IAC/InterActive Corp for “policy violations” and is reviewing “enforcement options.”
“We’re reviewing the remaining extensions and our enforcement options, and have not made a decision regarding IAC’s status on the store”, the statement added.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Google was determining whether to inflict severe penalties on IAC over what Google concluded were “deceptive marketing practices”.
The report added that Google determined that IAC misled users about its own browser extensions also the Alphabet unit would move so far as banning those goods from its Chrome browser.
From the announcement, Google’s spokesman did not specify which precise policies it felt were deciphered by IAC and failed to mention what precise options it was considering.
An IAC spokeswoman contested the extensions breached Google policies. “Google has taken hundreds of millions of dollars from us to advertise and distribute these products in the Chrome Store,” she told journalists at our partner news agency Reuters in an emailed statement.
“There’s nothing new here – Google has used their position to reduce our browser business to the last small corner of the internet, which they’re now seeking to quash,” the announcement added.
Google’s investigators found that IAC’s browser extensions frequently promise functions they don’t send and direct users toward additional ads, the WSJ reported, citing sources and documents.
Google so far has not acted on the internal recommendation of its Chrome trust and security team regarding IAC in part because the two are rivals in several classes and because Google executives are worried penalties could be seen as anti-competitive, the newspaper reported.
The IAC spokeswoman said Google had approved its extensions in the Chrome Store for years as part of their companies’ partnership agreement.
“Google exercises significant control over what we do with these products”, she said in the announcement.
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru. Editing by Paul Simao.
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