Yelp-Backed Study Tries to Prove Google Manipulates Search Results

June 30, 2015

The feud between Yelp and Google continues.

Review site Yelp has long accused Google of manipulating search results, and now academics are backing the company’s claims. According to Re/Code, legal scholar and former FTC adviser Tim Wu authored a paper that “presents evidence that the search giant sets out to hamper competitors and limit consumers’ options.” It should be noted that the study was conducted in conjunction with the Yelp’s Data Science Team.

Last year, Yelp conducted an internal user-behavior study, which revealed that in some cases when a person searched for “a restaurant’s name and the word ‘yelp,'” Google content such as a…