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Antitrust allegations against Google Italy

Italy's antitrust watchdog (Autorita Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato) is investigating allegations by an Italian association of news publishers (Federazione Italiana Editori Giornali (FIEG)) that Google Italy is discriminating against newspapers that don't want their content linked on Google's news site by also dropping them from its search engine. The members of the association probably should have talked to an search engine optimizer first: They probably used robots.txt to get excluded from Google News. Because search engine spiders, including the Googlebots, don't distinguish between indexing for news and web search, that's the reason why the sites of the newspapers automatically also disappeared from the web search.

See: Debunking The Italian Newspapers’ Antitrust Allegations Against Google, Searchengineland




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