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Google’s Self Preference Habits to Be Subject of Senate Hearing

Jan. 10, 2020, 6:26 PM

The ability of dominant tech platforms like Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Apple Inc. to unfairly favor their own products over those of competitors, known as self-preferencing, will face scrutiny from the Senate Judiciary’s antitrust subcommittee.

Senators plan to convene March 10 to understand how dominant tech companies can give extra weight to their own offerings, like apps or search results, over those of competitors, an aide to Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who chairs the subcommittee, told Bloomberg Law Friday.

Companies that compete with dominant tech platforms, like Yelp Inc., say instances of self-preferencing have unfairly excluded them from search results ...