UK watchdog set to challenge Google, Facebook ad dominance

Britain’s competition watchdog on Wednesday signaled its willingness to push for stricter rules to counter Google and Facebook ’s dominance…

Britain’s competition watchdog on Wednesday signaled its willingness to push for stricter rules to counter Google and Facebook ’s dominance of online advertising.

The Competition and Markets Authority said in an interim report it’s concerned that the U.S. tech giants have become “entrenched” players in the U.K.’s 13 billion pound ($17 billion) digital advertising market, with “negative consequences” for the people and businesses that use them.

Google’s 6 billion pounds in search advertising revenue last year accounted for more than 90% of the U.K. total, while Facebook’s 2 billion pounds in display ad revenue was equivalent to almost half the U.K. total.

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