Google Settles FTC Antitrust Case, Makes Minor Changes to Search and Ads

Google has settled a 19-month long antitrust investigation with the Federal Trade Commission by voluntarily agreeing to make several minor changes to its patent policy and search operations, the two parties announced Thursday. Google has agreed not to scrape content from rival websites and then pass it off as its own content in search—something the company allegedly did with reviews on Yelp. Now, it will give websites the option to opt out of having their content featured on Google’s specialized search results pages like the travel and shopping sections.

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