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The scientific service of the Bundestag comes to the result in the report that the dpa presented on Friday and about which the newspaper “Bild” first reported: The operation of a health information portal of the Federal Ministry of Health does not in itself constitute an unjustified encroachment on the freedom of the press. “A cooperation with Google, which would in fact lead to the monopoly of such a portal, on the other hand, could mean an unjustified violation of the freedom of the press and, in particular, of the requirement to be removed from the state. “
Elsewhere it is also emphasized that the whole thing depends on future user behavior and the possible consequences for health portals of publishers as competing offers. The FDP politician Wolfgang Kubicki had commissioned the report. The member of the Bundestag emphasized: “If we allow serious private media with a lot of tax money to be ousted by state journalistic offers, we will soften the elementary principles of our free, pluralistic society.”
On February 10th, the Munich Regional Court provisionally prohibited cooperation with the healthy.bund.de portal. The judgments on injunctions are not yet final. The media group Burda had complained about its subsidiary, the health portal netdoktor.de.
The highlighted info boxes in a Google search that Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn presented in November can no longer be seen when searching for the term migraine, for example. On Friday evening, in response to a dpa request, Google confirmed that no more so-called knowledge panels (info boxes) on clinical pictures with reference to the national health portal are displayed.
Media regulators in Germany are also currently working on the portal. The Medienanstalt Hamburg / Schleswig-Holstein initiated internal proceedings against Google in mid-December. It is checked whether the prominent presentation discriminates against other journalistic-editorial offers from the topic of health. The toughest sanction could be that Google is not allowed to present the offer preferentially. The group would then have the opportunity to take the decision to court. The federal government is not the opponent of the proceedings.
Alphabet shares were down 0.76 percent in NASDAQ trading on Friday, closing at $ 2,101.14.
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