The Google job search tool is under investigation by the EU, claiming to drive competitors out of the market.
EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager asked whether it was fair that the technology giant had „such control over the success or failure“ of its rivals.
Google places a widget at the top of the search, eliminating the need to click through to job sites. 23 jobseekers called on Brussels to take action last month.
While Google charges no fee for its setup, competitors fear that the move is an attempt to gain market share before monetizing its business model.
Vestager has in the past taken a tough stance against Google and imposed fines of € 8.47 billion in similar antitrust proceedings.
„We’re just starting to see if the same thing happened to other parts of Google’s business – like the job search business known as Google for Jobs,“ she said Tuesday at a conference in Berlin.
Google said it had changed the tool after receiving feedback in Europe.
The changes included offering direct links to third-party websites and linking directly to job opportunities available on a single website.
Earlier this month, the company announced that it would ask European users of its Android operating system to choose its own default search engine, according to the European Commission’s criticism from 2020.
Google received a record fine of € 4.34 billion for antitrust enforcement, which is a challenge.