Articles on FTC

RSS

Fake Online Reviews Cost 19 Companies $350,000

fake-stamp

A New York crackdown targeted companies who purchased and created fake online business reviews. A total of seven companies offering "reputation enhancement" services were caught in the year-long investigation, along with their clients. A New York crackdown targeted companies who purchased and created fake online business reviews. A total of seven companies offering "reputation enhancement" services were caught in the year-long investigation, along with their clients. 0 Comments

Yelp Now Allows Mobile Reviews, Adds More Consumer Alerts

Yelp Consumer Alert

Yelp now will let users leave reviews for businesses via their smartphones. Separately, Yelp also announced that is releasing a new batch of alerts on profiles where business owners have used some sort of incentive in return for great reviews. Yelp now will let users leave reviews for businesses via their smartphones. Separately, Yelp also announced that is releasing a new batch of alerts on profiles where business owners have used some sort of incentive in return for great reviews. 0 Comments

Korea’s FTC Acquits Google of Antitrust Charges

google-korea-2

The Korean FTC stated Google was not demonstrating an unfair advantage by preloading its search engine on Android mobile phones. While this is one small battle won by Google, it still has its hands full with an ongoing antitrust battle in Europe. The Korean FTC stated Google was not demonstrating an unfair advantage by preloading its search engine on Android mobile phones. While this is one small battle won by Google, it still has its hands full with an ongoing antitrust battle in Europe. 0 Comments

Will Europe Force Google to Change How it Displays Search Results?

google-logo-magnifying-glass

Although Google escaped relatively unscathed from a U.S. antitrust investigation into its business practices by the FTC, Europe may bring a less favorable result for the dominant search engine, based on comments by the EU competition commissioner. Although Google escaped relatively unscathed from a U.S. antitrust investigation into its business practices by the FTC, Europe may bring a less favorable result for the dominant search engine, based on comments by the EU competition commissioner. 0 Comments

Microsoft to Safari Users: Google Tracked You, So Try Bing

try-bing-google-safari-tracking

Microsoft has added a 'Privacy Protection' page to its Bing website, where it reminds anyone who will listen that earlier this year Google was fined $22.5 million by the FTC. Google was tracking Safari users through what it called a mistake. Microsoft has added a 'Privacy Protection' page to its Bing website, where it reminds anyone who will listen that earlier this year Google was fined $22.5 million by the FTC. Google was tracking Safari users through what it called a mistake. 0 Comments

Google VP Dines With FTC Chairman Amid Antitrust Talks & Controversial Comparison Ads

compare-credit-cards-google-info-box

Can Google remain an unbiased search engine while deriving income from advertising and affiliate marketing on search engine results pages? Maybe this is what Google’s Susan Wojcicki and FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz chatted about over lunch yesterday. Can Google remain an unbiased search engine while deriving income from advertising and affiliate marketing on search engine results pages? Maybe this is what Google’s Susan Wojcicki and FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz chatted about over lunch yesterday. 0 Comments

FTC Investigation Narrows In on Specific Google Practices

ftc-logo-gif

The FTC antitrust probe examining Google has moved past the initial stages. The investigation will now seek evidence to back specific claims and will delve deeper into key areas of Google's behavior, including elements of search, Android, and Places. The FTC antitrust probe examining Google has moved past the initial stages. The investigation will now seek evidence to back specific claims and will delve deeper into key areas of Google's behavior, including elements of search, Android, and Places. 0 Comments

Google Faces 10th European Antitrust Complaint

Google France

Deal du Jour, a French daily deal company, has filed an antitrust complaint to the European Commission, claiming it was removed from Google’s index and blocked from using AdSense. This will be the 10th complaint to get investigated by the EC. Deal du Jour, a French daily deal company, has filed an antitrust complaint to the European Commission, claiming it was removed from Google’s index and blocked from using AdSense. This will be the 10th complaint to get investigated by the EC. 0 Comments

Report: Google EU Antitrust Expands, Up to 9 Complainants

google-eu-antitrust

The European Google antitrust investigation, which has been ongoing since November 2010, is continuing to grow. According to two sources familiar with the matter, five new thus far anonymous groups have registered new complaints against Google. The European Google antitrust investigation, which has been ongoing since November 2010, is continuing to grow. According to two sources familiar with the matter, five new thus far anonymous groups have registered new complaints against Google. 0 Comments

Google Revamps Places Design, Removes Off-Site Reviews

Google Places Redesign Cafe Campagne

Google has revisited the design of its Places pages. The new look is cleaner, involves more calls to action, and – most importantly – removes all the reviews that were being imported from competing sites. Google has revisited the design of its Places pages. The new look is cleaner, involves more calls to action, and – most importantly – removes all the reviews that were being imported from competing sites. 0 Comments

The Developing FTC Google Search Antitrust Case

Google Mortgage SERP

The FTC is preparing to launch an antitrust case against Google's search division. The company is facing accusations of unfairly favoring its own services in its search results. The FTC is preparing to launch an antitrust case against Google's search division. The company is facing accusations of unfairly favoring its own services in its search results. 0 Comments

Privacy Regulators See Red Over Facebook Facial Recognition

facebook-facial-recognition

Facebook is coming under attack from European Union regulators questioning its intrusion in to users' privacy. Facebook gave information to the EU shortly after the investigation started and may face a challenge in the United States too. Facebook is coming under attack from European Union regulators questioning its intrusion in to users' privacy. Facebook gave information to the EU shortly after the investigation started and may face a challenge in the United States too. 0 Comments

PR Is Not A White Hat SEO Technique

Doing public relations with a purely SEO objective could leave your organization open to reputation damage. A PR campaign with substance, content, story, and depth isn't necessarily legal or ethical. Doing public relations with a purely SEO objective could leave your organization open to reputation damage. A PR campaign with substance, content, story, and depth isn't necessarily legal or ethical. 0 Comments

Click Fraud Not Dead Yet

The search engines are doing a lot to counter click fraud, but there's still more to be done. They need deeper collaboration with third-party firms to reassure advertisers that their money isn't being wasted on bad clicks. The search engines are doing a lot to counter click fraud, but there's still more to be done. They need deeper collaboration with third-party firms to reassure advertisers that their money isn't being wasted on bad clicks. 0 Comments

SearchDay | Understanding Social Media Communities

Today's search engine marketing news and opinion: Understanding Social Media Communities; Link Building Tactics 101; Google CEO Resigns from Apple's Board; and more. Today's search engine marketing news and opinion: Understanding Social Media Communities; Link Building Tactics 101; Google CEO Resigns from Apple's Board; and more. 0 Comments