EU investigation, Google

Even in the face of an EU investigation, Google has not been upfront about its manual interventions. When it was revealed that the EU had opened an informal investigation in February 2010 – a precursor to the formal investigation now underway – the company’s European Corporate counsel said that Google does not “whitelist or blacklist anyone” – and others at the company continued to make similar noises – but she was later contradicted by Google’s Matt Cutts, who runs the company’s webspam team.