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The Wall Street Journal: Yelp accuses Google of unfairly scraping its content

Online-reviews firm Yelp Inc. alleged that Google is breaking a promise it made as part of a 2012 regulatory settlement to not scrape content from certain third-party sites including Yelp, escalating its yearslong battle against the search giant.

Yelp YELP, -0.11% said in a letter late Sunday to Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen that Alphabet Inc.’s GOOG, +0.28%GOOGL, +0.20% Google is using Yelp photos for local-business listings in its search results, despite Yelp’s formal request that Google not pull such content from its site.

As part of a December 2012 settlement to end an FTC investigation into Google, the tech giant agreed to not use content, including photos and user reviews, from third-party sites that opted out of such scraping.

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