FAS INITIATED A CASE AGAINST GOOGLE LLC
According to the Authority, the company abuses its dominant position in the market of YouTube video hosting services
The reason for the investigation was the application of the Regional Public Organization “Center for Internet Technologies” (ROCIT), which complained on Google's actions of sudden blocking, deleting user accounts and content on the YouTube video hosting.
The FAS Russia has established that the rules related to the formation, suspension, blocking of accounts and the circulation of user content on YouTube are non-transparent, non-objective and unpredictable. This leads to sudden blocking and deletion of user accounts without warning and justification of actions. The FAS Russia believes that such behavior may lead to infringement of the interests of users, as well as to restriction of competition in related markets.
As part of the consideration of the case, the FAS Russia will assess the actions of Google LLC and consequences for users and content creators.
According to part 1 of Article 10 of the Law on Protection of Competition, actions (lack of action) of an economic entity occupying a dominant position are prohibited, which result or can result in prevention, restriction or elimination of competition and (or) infringement of the interests of other persons (economic entities) in the field of entrepreneurial activity or an uncertain range of consumers.