A number of allegations that Google manipulates search engine results has led to an investigation of possible antitrust violations. Google has now responded about its search engine fairness about why some websites get higher rankings than others: “The important thing to remember is that we built Google to provide the most useful, relevant search results and ads for users. In other words, our focus is on users, not websites. Given that not every website can be at the top of the results, or even appear on the first page of our results, it’s unsurprising that some less relevant, lower quality websites will be unhappy with their ranking.” Since search engines do not disclose how they operate, this investigation by the Texas AG may result in making public, for the first time, how Google’s search engine actually operates.
Craigslist Blocks Access to ‘Adult Services’ Pages
Although the courts have endorsed Craigslist’s right to run ‘Adult Services’ under the Communications Decency Act of 1996, public pressure by states’ attorneys general finally forced Craigslist to drop ‘Adult Services.’ Even though Craigslist is privately held, the Advanced Media Group estimates that Craigslist will generate about $45 million in revenue this year. Probably Craigslist finally got the message that public opinion of facilitating prostitution and selling women against their will was unacceptable, and ultimately would damage the rest of its business.