Amazon and Google face UK competition probe over fake reviews


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LONDON — Britain’s competition regulator on Friday launched a formal probe into Amazon and Google over concerns they haven’t done enough to tackle fake reviews.

“We are investigating concerns that Amazon and Google have not been doing enough to prevent or remove fake reviews to protect customers and honest businesses,” Andrea Coscelli, chief executive of the CMA, said in a statement.

“It’s important that these tech platforms take responsibility and we stand ready to take action if we find that they are not doing enough.”

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