According to the report, for one example, Google took content from companies like Yelp, TripAdvisor, and Amazon. In the latter case, Google lifted product rankings and placed them in their own search results for those products. When the companies complained to Google about the process, Google threatened to remove them entirely from results. The Journal quotes this section of the report: “It is clear that Googleâ??s threat was intended to produce, and did produce, the desired effect, which was to coerce Yelp and TripAdvisor into backing down.” The Commission ultimately had Google agree to let websites opt out of the process.
And this is one, why the authorities need to keep close tabs on large companies, and two, why the close ties between those same authorities and companies need to be severed as much as possible. Even mere lobbying should be illegal.