German competition authority opens investigation into Google News

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German competition authority announced on Friday that it had opened an investigation into the news platform Google News, which includes information published by newspapers on Google’s website.

The German authority believes that cooperation between the subsidiary of Alphabet and publishers and other news providers could make it possible to offer consumers better information services, but at the same time it fears an abuse of a dominant position.

“We must ensure that this does not lead to discrimination against each publisher,” said the authority in a statement.

“Google’s strong position in terms of access to end customers should not lead to foreclosure of competing offers from publishers or other information providers,” adds the authority.

(Kirsti Knolle; French version Claude Chendjou, edited by Jean-Stéphane Brosse)

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