Google Rubs TripAdvisor and Yelp in the Dirt, Claims it Was Accidental

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Naughty Google. Naughty, naughty Google. Everyone’s favourite search giant is in trouble again, and once more it’s because of its attitude to competitors.

The tech giant stands accused of deliberately pushing search results for TripAdvisor and Yelp down the rankings and prioritising its own services, even when users explicitly include the term ‘yelp’ or ‘tripadvisor’ in their entry. Google, however, is pleading innocence, and claims that its search results are being hampered by a bug that it’s trying to squish.

Earlier this month, the company said it shouldn’t be punished for allegedly abusing its search dominance in Europe, as its online engine is free to use.

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