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France fines Google €1.1 million over hotel rankings practices

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Google Ireland and Google France have agreed to pay a €1.1 million ($1.34 million) fine after a probe found that the company’s hotel rankings could be misleading for consumers.

According to a statement issued on Monday by France’s finance ministry and fraud watchdog, Google has amended its hotel rankings practices since September 2019.The American search engine is accused of having created its own rating system for hotels, which uses stars and features its own algorithm. French regulation specifies that such ratings systems may only be established by the government and that only the state is authorized to use them.

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