EU Hit Google With Record $5bn Fine Over Android

It is not a good time current for technology giant google. The company has been fined a record 4.34 billion euros ($5bn; £3.9bn) over Android.The European Commission said the firm had used the mobile operating system to illegally “cement its dominant position in general internet search”. The firm’s parent Alphabet has been given 90 days to change its business practices or face further penalties of up to 5% of its average daily turnover. It represents the largest fine imposed by the regulator against a single firm.Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai was pre-briefed about the decision by Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Tuesday. In a statement she said Google had “denied European consumers the benefits of effective competition in the important mobile sphere.” Google’s parent Alphabet can easily afford the fine- its cash reserves totalled nearly $103bn at the end of March. However, the California-based company may decide to challenge the ruling. Ms Vestager previously fined Google 2.4bn euros ($2.8bn; £2.1bn ) over a separate probe into its shopping comparison service – a ruling the tech firm is in the process of appealing against. In addition, her team has a third investigation underway into Google’s advert-placing business AdSense.Photo Credit: Getty

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