Google Accused Of Suppressing Rumble’s RNC Presidential Debate Link: REPORT

Google restricted viewing of the Rumble livestream during the first Republican National Committee (RNC) presidential debate in August, The Intercept reported.

When a Google representative asked about plans to live stream the RNC during the debate, the committee told the tech giant that Rumble, a Google-owned YouTube video competitor, held exclusive rights to it. Ta. according to in response to an email obtained by The Intercept. Google’s attempt to obtain a livestream link from Rumble to prominently feature Rumble ahead of the debate was unsuccessful, and Google later claimed that the competitor’s links were hidden in search results during the event. has been done. according to To the outlet. (Related: Rumble announces exclusive streaming deal for first Republican primary debate)

Google is considered a competitor because it is the parent company of YouTube and Rumble is a popular alternative video service.

According to The Intercept, Rumble’s link to the debate did not appear on the first page of Google search results. Search records from the time show that when an individual searches for “Republican debate stream” on Google, links to YouTube, Fox News, and articles related to the debate appear.

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“The first Republican presidential debate was yet another example of Google’s determination to crush competing video platforms,” Rumble general counsel Michael Ellis told The Intercept. “We look forward to proving Google’s continued anti-competitive conduct in court.”

Google has denied that it has throttled the platform and said it will install a Rumble livestream feature during the second RNC debate.

“The facts here are very commonplace,” a Google spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “People could easily find information about where they could watch debates in Google search results. We also wanted to build dedicated features into search to showcase events like debates more prominently. As part of our ongoing efforts to do so, we reached out to the RNC and Rumble, but unfortunately we were unable to test and create a livestream feature in time. Like other livestream providers, we already have We worked with the RNC and Rumble to set this feature up for the upcoming debate.”

Rumble did not immediately respond to DCNF’s request for comment.

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