Federal regulators in the U.S. have also investigated Google over antitrust claims. But the Federal Trade Commission settled with Google in 2013 and said it didn't find any reasons to impose radical changes on how the company runs its Internet search engine. Various other state investigations of Google for alleged abuses of its power have not led to definitive conclusions.
The latest controversy centered on a former Google employee's accusations that he was fired for his conservative viewpoints and that the company aimed to help President Trump's opponent in the 2020 election. After Fox Business Network aired an interview with the man, Mr. Trump tweeted that Google's alleged actions were "all very illegal." He added: "We are watching Google very closely!" The right-wing news site The Daily Caller later revealed that the employee had urged Google colleagues to raise funds for a bounty to find a person who punched Richard Spencer, a prominent white nationalist, in the face. As Google's work force swelled past 100,000 employees and the nation's politics became even more partisan, Google's culture has become a flash point.
French investigators have raided Google's Paris headquarters as part of an inquiry into tax payments, a source close to the finance ministry said. Investigators arrived at the tech firm's offices in central Paris at 5am local time, said the source, who declined to be named. "A raid is under way at Google," the source said, confirming a report in the French daily Le Parisien. About 100 investigators and five magistrates are taking part in the raid, it said. A preliminary enquiry regarding "aggravated financial fraud" and "organised money laundering" was opened on 16 June 2015, France's national financial prosecutor confirmed early on Tuesday afternoon, according to the financial newspaper Les Echos.
In case you haven't heard, there's an election coming up. The latest Google Doodle will remind you if you forgot. Google likes to inject the logo above the search bar on its famous homepage with some artistic flair, and Sunday's Google Doodle is all about the election. Clicking on it will direct users to a search for "how do I vote #election2020," which is chock full of information about, well, how to vote. Users can find out how to check registration status and where to vote, according to the info page Google puts together for each of its Doodles.
Euro 2016 was the event the UK wanted to know the most about in 2016, Google's Year In Search has revealed. As Pokemon Go took over the streets in the summer, "What is Pokemon Go?" was the most asked "What is?" question of the year according to the internet giant, ahead of "What is Brexit?" and "What is the single market?" Google search is the world's most commonly used search engine, with the site said to deal with around two trillion searches each year. The poignant story behind the tent in today's Google Doodle Google employees confess what they hated most about working at Google These are the top 100 books of the year, according to Google Google will run entirely on renewable energy within next year Pokemon Go was also second in the top trending searches list behind the Euros, with David Bowie in third and Donald Trump fourth. The EU referendum was sixth on the list, just behind Prince, while Alan Rickman, the Olympics, US election and superhero comedy Deadpool completed the top ten.