Google to face antitrust action in EU
Search engine behemoth Google is set to receive charges from the EU that it violated the bloc’s fair competition laws. The company has been accused of diverting traffic from rivals to favor its own sites and services.
The European Union will file antitrust charges against Google on Wednesday, according to media reports. After a five-year probe into the internet giant for allegedly abusing its dominance among search engines in Europe, following what EU Digital Economy Commissioner Günter Oettinger called “very competent complaints” that Google is privileging its own services when users conduct Internet searches.
Oettinger’s remarks on the sidelines of the Hanover trade fair on Tuesday came a day before the European Commission was set to hold its weekly meeting. His comments referred to a probe begun in November 2010 after competitors such as Microsoft protested the company’s dominance in the search engine market. The investigation has focused on whether Google is giving its specialized services – Google Maps, for example – favorable treatment in the way search results are displayed online.
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