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摘要: [导读:据《华尔街日报》报道,美国最大的点评网站Yelp指控谷歌违反了与美国联邦贸易委员会(Federal

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[导读:据The Hill报道,美国最大的点评网站Yelp指控谷歌违反了与美国联邦贸易委员会(Federal Trade Commission,“FTC)达成的和解协议,即互联网搜索引擎巨头谷歌同意停止抓取第三方内容放入自身搜索结果的做法。2012年,谷歌曾向FTC承诺,不会使用来自Yelp等特定第三方网站的内容放入“Local OneBox”,包括照片和用户评论。FTC对谷歌结束了调查,但是没有进行惩罚,同时承诺对谷歌进行持续监督。然而,2017911日,Yelp在写给FTC主席Maureen Ohlhausen的信函中称,谷歌仍存在抓取第三方信息并放入其搜索结果的行为,Yelp研发了监测谷歌在Local OneBox中使用其图片的软件,发现谷歌从Yelp上抓取图片的次数达1个小时40万次。对此,FTC发言人证实,该机构确实收到了这封信函,并表示将仔细研究,但拒绝进一步置评。据悉,该信函同时寄给了美国50个州的检察官以及欧盟委员会竞争专员Margrethe Vestager。(本文源自The Hill。导读系本公众号原创,转载请注明文字出自本公众号。)]

Yelp is accusing Google of violating a 2012 settlement with the Federal Trade Commission in which the internet search giant agreed to stop passing off third-party content as its own.

Luther Lowe, Yelp’s vice president of public policy, sent a letter to acting FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen on Monday saying that Google has been scraping images from Yelp to include in search results for certain local businesses.

“Google should be held accountable and subject to remedies sufficient to ensure its anticompetitive conduct does not continue to harm competition and consumers,” Lowe wrote.

An FTC spokeswoman confirmed that the agency had received the letter and would study it carefully, but declined to comment further.

The letter, which was also sent to all 50 state attorneys general and Margrethe Vestager, the EUs competition chief, was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

In 2012, Google settled an FTC investigation by agreeing to stop using content from other sites in its “Local OneBox,” which shows information about local business in search results.

Lowe wrote that Yelp had developed software to detect instances of Google using its images in the OneBox results and found nearly 400,000 such instances within an hour.

"For many years, we’ve been in regular contact with Yelp about product changes and how they appear in search results," a Google spokeswoman said. "This is the first time we’ve heard of Yelp’s complaint that images from their site may be appearing in the way they claim. If they’d have raised this concern with us, we would have immediately taken steps to look at the issue and update these results — as we’re doing now."

Yelp has been pushing authorities to crack down on what it sees as anticompetitive behavior from Google. On Monday, Google appealed the record $2.9 billion antitrust fine handed down by the European Union in June for favoring its own comparison shopping tool in search results.

The FTC closed its own investigation into Google without imposing any fines but promised to monitor the company going forward.

“Although our careful review of the evidence in this matter supports our decision to close this investigation, we will remain vigilant and continue to monitor Google for conduct that may harm competition and consumers,” the agency said in a statement at the time.

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