Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation lashed out at Google on Thursday, saying the powerful search engine is “willing to exploit its dominant market position to stifle competition.” The allegations come amid an antitrust case against Google in Europe.
In a letter to outgoing European Commission antitrust head Joaquín Almunia, News Corp said it was against a proposed antitrust settlement between European authorities and Google. News Corp said Google has become “a platform for piracy and the spread of malicious networks, all while driving more traffic and online advertising dollars to Google.”
“The company has evolved from a wonderfully feisty, creative Silicon Valley start-up to a vast, powerful, often unaccountable bureaucracy,” wrote Robert Thomson, News Corporation’s chief executive, according to The New York Times. “This development reflects the exponential evolution from a company that is open to one that is selectively closed and willing to exploit its dominant market position to stifle competition.”