Study Suggests That Google Has Its Thumb on Scale in Search. (The New York Times, 6/29/2015)
The aphorism 'you get what you pay for' comes to mind.
Google entices people to search by promising links to the best that the web has to offer. But research released Monday, led by top academics but paid for by one of Google’s rivals, suggests that Google sometimes alters results to play up its own content despite people’s preferences.