Liberty Global chief Malone hits out at Google

Jörn Krieger | 22-10-2012

The chairman of US media company Liberty Global, John Malone, has criticised the market power of Google and demands regulation of the search engine giant.

"Google is simply extremely dominant. I would therefore consider it to be appropriate and about time for the regulator to intervene," Malone told German news magazine "Der Spiegel". He would be certain that regulation would come, "if not in the USA, then in Europe."

Google would have their own development plans, these would "sometimes collide with the interests of Google customers," complained Malone. He added that it would be extremely important "that Google still finds us - not only their own offering in this business area - and that they will still prominently position us."

Through one of his companies, Malone is a shareholder in internet ventures such as TripAdvisor or Expedia. Both companies have lodged complaints against Google's business practices in the travel market. Both the US trade commission and the European competition authority are currently evaluating whether to commence an anti-trust suit against Google.