The BBC was today accused of airing a ‘misleading and inaccurate’ interview by media editor Amol Rajan with Google chief executive Sundar Pichai and failing to challenge his claim to want a ‘free and open internet’.
The search giant is facing criticism over its controversial next generation digital advertising systems that competition watchdogs fear will stifle diversity of opinion on the internet and deny independent news publishers fair returns.
Mr Rajan’s interview on the News At Ten on Monday was criticised by Marketers for an Open Web – a group of online publishers, advertisers, tech and data firms – which said he did not challenge Mr Pichai’s claim to ‘stand up’ for a free and open internet.
Tim Cowen of Preiskel and Co, legal advisor to MOW, told MailOnline today: ‘Rajan’s interview was misleading and inaccurate.
‘Google claimed to be a champion of the Open Web when it is building a ‘walled garden’, trying to enclose the web to make even bigger profits.’
Google is planning to replace so-called third party cookies with a new ‘Privacy Sandbox’ next year, which will group users together according to their interests.
Analytics data already shows that the BBC website is consistently favoured in Google search results, followed closely by The Guardian website.
The Sandbox would mean that instead of traditional third-party cookies, which see advertisers track individuals across sites they visit, users will be split into cohorts.
Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority has…