Europe Hits Google With $5 Billion Android Antitrust Fine

At a time when America’s big digital media platforms are bracing for fines related to Europe’s new consumer data privacy regulations, the European Commission has fined Google the old fashioned way -- for antitrust.

The commission this morning announced a record $5 billion fineagainst Google as part of an eight-year antitrust probe into the business practices it has used to give its Android operating system a dominant market position.

The commission charged that Google’s restrictive licensing practices benefit its own service on Android devices, precluding competitors from gaining access.

The decision brings to $7.8 billion the total fines levied by Europe against Google, including the $2.8 billion fine it issued last year related to Google’s “Google Shopping” search services.

Observers expect more European fines to be issued soon, related to Google’s online display advertising contracts.

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2 comments about "Europe Hits Google With $5 Billion Android Antitrust Fine".
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  1. John Donohue` from White Tree Software, July 18, 2018 at 11:51 a.m.

    I think Apple should be sued for anti-trust because it leveraged its hipster ethos to entrap the world's narcisists into lusting for its products to fuel their emptyness.

  2. Joe Mandese from MediaPost, July 18, 2018 at noon

    @John Donahue: ROFLMAO!

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