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European Commission imposes fine on Google for record five billion dollars

Google is going to challenge the decision
18:30, 18 July 2018

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European Commission fined Alphabet, the parent company of Google in the record amount of 5.06 billion USD for abusing dominant position, according to the message of the European Commission.

Meanwhile, Reuters report that Google is going to challenge the decision.

This is the largest antitrust fine that has ever been charged from a company by the European Competition Authorities.

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The European Commission thinks that Google has been using Android, which is a free operating system and installed on the three-quarters of European smartphones to strengthen its dominance among competitors in the online search.

The European Commission also noted that connections with a number of the largest manufacturers of phones including contracts that were obligating a pre-installation of the search engine and Google web browser also interfered with the choice of the consumer and undermined competition.

Google has repeatedly denied that Android is violating the competition law by saying that any company can use software with open code, the companies make their own choices though.

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The decision on Android is the most important of three antitrust cases against Google. The European Commission also thinks it is unfair that the company can promote its advertisements in new applications more than any other competitor can.

The fine for Google is imposed in the context of the trade conflict between the United States and the EU and before the visit of President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker to Washington next week.

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