The owner of The Daily Mail sued Alphabet, the parent company of Google, on Tuesday, claiming the tech giant penalizes outlets in its search rankings if they don’t sell enough ads via Google’s ad marketplace. The antitrust lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan, also claimed Google suppressed its coverage of the Royal Family last year.
This story was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
The Daily Mail’s owner, Associated Newspapers Ltd., together with its U.S. wing, Mail Media Inc., claimed Google has abused its market dominance by connecting its search engine and ad-sales platform in order to pressure media outlets into paying more money, according to the WSJ.
“The lack of competition for publishers’ inventory depresses prices and reduces the amount and quality of news available to readers, but Google ends up ahead because it controls a growing share of the ad space that remains,” the lawsuit said, per Reuters.
On top of that, the lawsuit claimed Google suppressed its coverage of the Royal Family last year, pushing its stories down when listing search results for terms like “Prince Phillip,” “Meghan and Harry” and “Piers Morgan.” This wasn’t the first time The Daily Mail was punished by Google, either, according to its lawsuit. Google, the lawsuit claimed, hurt The Daily…