Google Fights EU's Antitrust Allegations

In a post on Google's "Europe Blog," Kent Walker, SVP & General Counsel, focuses on the company's innovation and quality. In a previous post, Google argued against the contention that search results favor the company. Now Google is trying to reframe the argument for us to see the value the company brings.

The first three paragraphs of the post, shown here, explain the European Commission's Statement of Objections (SO), including how Google ads shift users away from shopping on other websites.

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The posts ends, "We believe that the SO's preliminary conclusions are wrong as a matter of fact, law, and economics. We look forward to discussing our response and supporting evidence with the Commission, in the interest of promoting user choice and open competition."

Discussion Starters:

  • Assess the organization of Walker's post, particularly the paragraph organization. What principles of business communication are demonstrated by the article?
  • Assess the video included in the blog post. What works well about the interviews and examples, and what could be improved? What value does the video add to the blog post?