YouTube rival Rumble sues Google over search rankings

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The Toronto-based video-sharing site alleges Google diverted traffic away from it toward YouTube

Alphabet Inc.’s Google has said that no preference is given to its YouTube unit or any other video provider in Google search.

Video-sharing site Rumble Inc. accused Google in a lawsuit of abusing the power of its search engine and mobile operating system to boost its YouTube video service over rivals, the latest allegation of anticompetitive conduct against the Alphabet Inc.

unit. Toronto-based Rumble, which has become popular among conservative pundits, on Monday filed an antitrust suit in federal court in California arguing that Google is “unfairly rigging its search algorithms” to place YouTube above Rumble in its search results. Rumble said Google’s behavior cost it significant numbers of viewers and advertising dollars.

The lawsuit also argues that Google’s deals to pre-install a YouTube app on mobile devices running Google’s Android operating system hav... (Read more)