Europe Orders Google to Pay $5 Billion in Record High

This Wednesday, the European Commission has ordered Google to pay €4.34 billion ($5 billion) for creating an uncompetitive market by unfairly pushing their apps. The Commission said that Google created the uncompetitive market by requiring manufacturers to install their search engine and web browser on their phones. “Google has used android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine… They have denied European consumers the benefits of effective competition in the important mobile Sphere,” said Margrethe vestager, Europe’s top antitrust official, in a statement.

The fine on Google is the largest yet imposed by the Commission and is meant to serve as a deterrent to others who might do the same. Google has 90 days to cease the practice or face additional sanctions.

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