STOCKHOLM: Bing, PrivacyWall and Info.com from Microsoft were among the search engines that won Google’s quarterly auction to display themselves in 31 European countries as search options on new Android devices.
Google promised to allow rivals to bid on Android devices for advertising space at the top of a search page after the European Union fined the company billions in 2018 for breaching antitrust laws.
In March , the company began declaring quarterly auction results to sell three providers alongside Google to consumers. Google and the auction winners on a user’s computer will be ordered randomly on the selection panel.
Bing won rights in 13 countries in the latest October-December auction, PrivacyWall in 22 countries based in Puerto Rico and Info.com based in the U.S. got all 31 countries. Independent search engine DuckDuckGo, Germany’s GMX and Russian internet giant Yandex were among the other winners.
In eight countries, DuckDuckGo, which won the auction, criticised the procedure, saying it allowed bidders to manipulate users.
The auction by Google further encourages search engines to be worse on anonymity, to raise advertising, and not to donate to good causes, because if they do such things, they can afford to bid higher, “DuckDuckGo said in a blog post.”
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