Complaint filed against Google in CCI, NBDA alleges

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Several news organisations have filed complaints against Google with the Competition Commission of India i.e. CCI, this complaint has been filed on behalf of the News Broadcasters and Digital Association (NBDA) against Google.

Important facts

  • It contains the names of several Google companies such as Alphabet Inc., Google LLC, Google India Private Limited, Google Ireland Limited and Google Asia Pacific, against whom a complaint has been filed with the CCI.

  • NBDA in its complaint has alleged violation of Section 19(1)(a) of the Competition Act 2002 against Google.

  • The whole matter in the complaint is about the payment of news.

  • It has been alleged that Google shows news of media organisations on its platform, but not enough money is paid in return.

  • NBDA alleges that Google forces its news members to give news in the name of priority of news on search engine and referral traffic.

  • It is alleged that Google uses the content of its news members for services like Google News, Google Discover and Google Accelerated Mobile Pages only for its own economic benefit.

About NBDA

  • The News Broadcasters & Digital Association (NBDA) represents the private television news, current affairs and digital broadcasters.

  • It is the collective voice of news, current affairs and digital broadcasters in India.

  • It is an organisation fully funded by its members.

  • At present NBDA has 26 leading news and current affairs broadcasters (119 news and current affairs channels) as its members.

Competition Commission of India (CCI) 

  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is the chief national competition regulator in India. 

  • It was set up under the Competition Act, 2002

  • It comes under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

  • It promotes healthy market competition and prevents activities that have an adverse effect on competition in India. 

  • CCI also approves combinations under the act so that two merging entities do not overtake the market.

  • Headquarter - New Delhi

  • Current Chairman - Ashok Kumar Gupta

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