Google job search antitrust complaint

Google job search receives antitrust complaint

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The search giant Google received one more antitrust complaint in the European Union. Antitrust is related to Google’s job search service. A total of 23 job site filed the complaint and asked the EU to temporarily order Google to shut down the service until investigation.

Complainers are accusing Google to use its dominant position to attract users to its search service without the traditional marketing investments they have to make.

Google’s job search allows users to search for jobs in various fields. It lets users filter, save get alerts about various jobs. Google launched the service in 2017.

“Google also directly offers its services to recruiters and thus fulfills the typical functions of a job board. In doing so, Google is attempting to circumvent and ultimately serve as a substitute for other job boards,” the companies said.

“In fact, behind our backs, Google’s sales teams are already actively and directly approaching our customers and sourcing recruiters as key clients.”

Google noted in its own emailed statement that it’s “worked with jobs providers” to improve its search function.
“Any provider — from individual employers to job listing platforms — can use this feature in search, and many of them have seen a significant increase in the number of job applications they receive. Since launch, we’ve made a number of changes to address feedback in Europe,” a Google spokesperson wrote.

“These changes include testing a new choice carousel at the top of the unit, which links directly to job sites, and linking directly to job offers when they only exist on a single site. Job seekers can decide which result or experience is most relevant for them.”

 

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