BRUSSELS - EU regulators are checking Google for Jobs to see if the company unfairly favours its fast-growing tool for searching job listings, Europe’s antitrust chief said on Tuesday.
Launched two years ago, the tool has already drawn numerous complaints from rivals alleging anti-competitive behaviour.
Earlier this month, 23 job search websites in Europe urged the European Commission to temporarily order Google to stop such practices while it investigates the issue.
European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who has handed out 8.25 billion euros ($9.2 billion) in fines to the tech giant in recent years in three separate cases, voiced concerns about the possibility of similar anti-competitive practices by Alphabet unit Google in other areas.
“And we’re looking right now at whether the same thing may have happened with other parts of Google’s business – like the job search business known as Google for Jobs,” Vestager told a conference in Berlin.
She said the European Commission may adopt rules to rein in tech giants if they do not play fair.
“If we don’t, then we may find that we need regulation, to make sure that these platforms use their power in a way that’s fair and doesn’t discriminate,” Vestager said.