August 27, 2009 / 9:35 AM / 10 years ago

Italy antitrust probes Google over press complaint

ROME, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Italy’s anti-trust watchdog said on Thursday it was opening an investigation into Google’s (GOOG.O) Italian news website http://news.google.it after newspapers complained that they were forced to appear on the site.

The competition authority said the Italian Federation of Newspaper Editors had complained that any publication that did not agree to appear on the website “would be automatically excluded from Google’s search engine”. (Additional reporting by Alberto Sisto; writing by Stephen Brown)

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