Quotes From Google Execs That Could Come Back To Haunt The Company

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Google chairman Eric Schmidt is testifying next Wednesday before a U.S. Senate antitrust committee.

The committee is looking into whether Google favours its own sites, like Finance and Maps, in its search results, and whether this might violate fair competition laws.

One of Google’s loudest legal opponents is a coalition called FairSearch.org, which includes competitors in the online travel industry, like Microsoft, Expedia, and Kayak.

In preparation for the hearing next week, it posted a bunch of quotes from Google executives over the years, and showed how those quotes seem to contradict Google’s own principles.

There aren’t any brand new bombshells — Google has been open about many of its business practices for years.

But Senators might not be aware of exactly how Google conducts its business, like the fact that it has admitted favouring its own properties in search results.

It will be interesting to see whether any Senators bring up these quotes, and how Schmidt responds if they do.

Here are Google's stated principles.

The founders originally thought advertising would make search results biased. Now, Google's entire business is based on advertising, and search ads make up the majority of its revenue and profit.

Eric Schmidt explains how Google looks at the future of search. (This vision has been stated by other Google execs as well.)

Android chief Andy Rubin explains how important advertising has become to Google.

Here, Marissa Mayer seems to be admitting that Google favours its own content pages.

Same here -- Google lists its own pages first in search results.

Here, an engineering VP admits that Google isn't transparent about how its search engine works.

Google uses its certification program to persuade phone makers to do what it wants.

Now, see who's running the show at Google

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