The German regulator confirmed on Wednesday that it is checking whether Google transparently stipulates conditions for media access to the Google News Showcase news platform.
The Google News Showcase portal was launched in Germany last fall to publish content from publishers with whom it has contracted.
Through this service, Google enables publishers to display their content on the Internet and pay them in return, reminding dpa.
The amount of fees and other contractual obligations are trade secrets.
According to reports, several media companies are seeking the intervention of media regulators, fearing that these arrangements will put them at a disadvantage in the media market.
The regulator has checked the transparency of the service, but has officially rejected four complaints from regional publishers that have not signed a contract with Google, stating that they “have not actively tried” to include their content in Google’s services.
They added that they believe that Google News Showcase is a media platform, not a so-called media intermediary that only publishes content on their website.
In their complaint, the publisher mentioned the discriminatory provisions in the media charter, which mentioned media intermediaries and reminded the dpa agency.
The public learned in early June that the competition regulator had launched an investigation into the Google News Showcase.
According to dpa, in addition to Germany, Google launched the service in Brazil last fall and subsequently launched the service in several other countries.