We’ve just learned that Google has been secretly playing dirty (evil, if you like) in Africa after an investigative post by its major competitor in Kenya was published today.
In the post, Mocality’s CEO, Stefan Magdalinski exposed the search giant’s unsavoury business practices being carried out against his company in Kenya.
According to Magdalinkski,
Since (last) October, Google’s GKBO appears to have been systematically accessing Mocality’s database and attempting to sell their competing product to our business owners.
He further released screenshots of its forensic analysis as well as voice call recordings and transcripts as evidence that proves that Google has been evil all this while since it launched its Get Kenyan Businesses Online (GKBO) initiative in October 2011.
While Google is yet to respond to any of these allegations, this is perhaps the biggest anti-competition issue yet involving Google that’s ever heard of in Africa. Already, the search giant is facing a series of anti-trust complaints in the U.S and across the world.
Erik Hersman, a popular figure in the East African technology space who blogs at WhiteAfrican has been trying to get in touch with Google since yesterday about the issue but have had no response to any of his queries.
As at the time of writing this, Google could not be reached for comment.
Update: Google’s Policy Manager for Africa, Ory Okolloh responded to us via email saying that “there will be an official response from the company shortly”.