Removed a company Google made a number of InterActive extensions for Chrome from the Chrome Web Store due to policy violations.
A Google spokesman said: We continue to have conversations about Chrome store policies with InterActive, and we have already removed a number of extensions for violating our policies.
He added: We are reviewing the remaining plugins and our implementation options, and have not made a decision on the status of InterActive in store.
And thementioned The Wall Street Journal earlier that Google was studying the possibility of imposing severe penalties against InterActive due to what Google concluded as fraudulent marketing practices.
The newspaper added that Google decided that InterActive misled users about extensions to the browser, and the search company could block these products from its Chrome browser.
A Google spokesman did not specify the exact policies that InterActive had violated and did not mention the specific options the company was considering.
An InterActive spokeswoman objected that the add-ons violated Google’s policies, and said: Google took hundreds of millions of dollars from us to advertise these products and distribute them on the Chrome store.
She added: There is nothing new here, Google has used its dominant position to reduce our commercial activities related to the browser to a small part, and is now seeking to cancel this part as well.
Google’s investigators found that InterActive browser extensions often promise functionality they don’t offer and direct users toward additional ads, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Google has yet to act on the Chrome team’s internal recommendation for its trust and security of InterActive extensions.
This is partly because Google and InterActive compete in some categories, and because Google executives are concerned that the sanctions could be perceived as anti-competitive.
An InterActive spokeswoman said: Google agreed to have its add-ons in the Chrome store for years, as part of the partnership agreement, andGoogle exercises great control over what we do with these products.