Google Appeals $5 Billion Fine From European Commission

Google Appeals $5 Billion Fine From European Commission

On Tuesday, October 9, Google has appealed against the ruling of the European Commission regarding a penalty charge in the amount of about $5 bln for abusing antitrust laws by Alphabet, which owns Google, The Verge reports.

The European Commission states that Google has abused the dominance of its Android OS on the digital market by combining Google Search and Chrome applications in one package. The Google representatives paid money to the smartphone manufacturers for including their search engine in devices by default.

The ruling was issued in July. The company had to eliminate signs of antitrust behavior within 90 days, but Google made a decision to file an appeal a few days prior to the end date.

The verdict of the European Union’s antitrust body with respect to Google is similar to the one ruled last year. At that time, the corporation was accused of favoring its services in the search results higher than those of competitors, and was fined $2.7 billion.