Sept 22, 2011
WASHINGTON — Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt rejected charges Wednesday that the Internet giant “cooks” search results to favor its own services as he came in for tough questioning from a Senate panel.
Schmidt, appearing before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, also sought to distance the company from Microsoft, which was the target of US antitrust action in the late 1990s.
During an hour-and-a-half of testimony, Schmidt repeatedly stressed that Google’s search algorithms are designed to return the best results for users and are not rigged to give preference to its own products or services.
Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah was not convinced and pointed to a study of product search results in which he said Google Product Search displayed an “uncanny” ability to repeatedly show up third in the rankings.