Google fails to overturn EU antitrust decision

Google failed to persuade the General Court of Europe to overturn the Commission’s ruling on the Android antitrust case and its decision to impose a €4.3 billion/$4.3 billion fine on the company.

The General Court upheld the commission’s original ruling in 2018 that Google had used its dominant market position to impose restrictions on manufacturers making Android phones and tablets.

However, it reduced the fine slightly, deciding that €4.125 (US$4.121 billion) was the most appropriate amount based on its findings.

The panel previously found that Google acted unlawfully by requiring Android manufacturers to pre-install its own apps and search engine, according to Engadget.

By doing so, the commission said the company was able to “establish its dominant position in public Internet search”. That’s a huge deal according to FairSearch, the group of organizations lobbying against Google’s dominance of search and the original complainant in the case, because Google’s search engine is monetized by paid advertising.

The tech giant makes most of its money from online advertising – based on information from Statista, Google’s advertising revenue in 2021 amounted to $209.49 billion.

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