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Feds could put Google on the stand for search result trickery

 According to FTC bosses, the search giant could be on trial for anti-competitive behavior as early as this winter.

After a year of investigating Google’s search result tactics, four out of five FTC commissioners now believe that Google is illegally harming its rivals by intentionally ranking them lower in search results. The commissioners claim that Google is using its dominance to maintain its supremacy among search engines, Reuters reports.

Placing Google products and services at the top of search results would bring in more revenue. A study by Chitika Insights found that typically the first Google search result yields 34.4 percent of clicks, the second spot receives 16.9 percent, the third receives 11.4 percent and all results below that receive percentages in the single digits.

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