The total vary of potential punishments isn’t clear, however Google is contemplating banning them, in accordance with WSJ sources and leaked paperwork. Google already took down 5 IAC extensions, however there are significantly extra that might go down within the face of a ban.
Google spokesperson Scott Westover mentioned the corporate was “reviewing” IAC’s remaining extensions, however hadn’t made selections as to what to do subsequent.
IAC’s Valerie Combs, nevertheless, accused Google of being anti-competitive. The spokeswoman claimed Google had abused its standing to shrink its browser enterprise to the “final small nook of the web” and was making an attempt to complete it off. IAC owns the MyWay search engine, though the positioning makes use of advertisements and outcomes from Google.
The dispute comes at a delicate second for Google. It’s dealing with a Justice Department antitrust lawsuit over allegations it abused its main positions in advertisements and search. Whereas this received’t essentially skew the lawsuit, IAC would possibly level to the DOJ case as help.