News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson believes there is not enough competition in the internet search space and he’s calling for closer scrutiny of Google’s business by regulators.
“I think that prospect needs to be studied” he said at the DLD conference in Munich.
Google currently controls about 90% of the European search market and Thomson believes the company has “special responsibilities” to perform because of the lack of competition in its space.
News Corp. is among the formal complainants in the ongoing European Union antitrust case against the search giant.
Thomson has spoken on several occasions about Google’s potentially anti-competitive practices. Last year he wrote a letter to the EU competition commissioner in which he accused the search giant of acting as a, “platform for piracy and the spread of malicious networks.”
“The shining vision of Google’s founders has been replaced by a cynical management,” he said at that time.
Thomson does believe Google’s attitude under CEO Sundar Pichai has change. He believes Pichai has fostered an environment that is listening in a way it didn’t under past leaders.
“The word I think of with Google at the moment is optimism,” Thomson said.
News Corp. publishes such well-known publications as the Wall Street Journal and New York Post, along with many other newspapers around the world.
Both companies spend millions of dollars per year lobbying for their own business desires.