“We presented information demonstrating that by far the most popular search query on Bing is Google,” Lamadrid said in a Bloomberg article.
California, First published September 29, 2021, 4:10 p.m. IST
Google says “Google” is the most frequently searched term on Microsoft’s Bing search engine. On Tuesday, the second day of a week-long hearing in a 2018 antitrust sanction case, Alphabet Inc unit lawyer Alfonso Lamadrid testified before the General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg. “We presented information demonstrating that by far the most popular search query on Bing is Google,” Lamadrid said in a Bloomberg article. According to the article, Google made the point by asking the EU courts to overturn the antitrust judgment against it and the record $5 billion penalty.
The European Commission imposed the fine on Google, saying it had unfairly pushed its search engine on Android phones. He said Google was seeking to restrict competition and establish a virtual monopoly. In response, Lamadrid said people are choosing to use Google rather than being forced to. He said Google’s general search market share was consistent with consumer research, which found 95% of consumers preferred Google over competing search engines.
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According to the Associated Press, it was one of three antitrust fines totaling more than $8 billion issued by the FTC against Google between 2017 and 2019. The others focused on shopping and search, while the Californian firm seduces the three. While the fines were substantial, opponents argue that Google can easily pay them and the penalties have done nothing to increase competition. The commission said in its original decision that Google’s tactics limit competition and diminish customer options. On the other hand, Google intends to claim that the free and open-source Android operating system has led to cheaper phones and increased competition with its main rival, Apple.
According to a report on the country’s two-year investigation seen by Reuters, Google recently exploited the dominance of its Android operating system in India, using its “vast financial power” to unlawfully harm competitors. According to a June report from the Investigations Arm of India’s Competition Commission (CCI), Alphabet’s Google has limited “the ability and motivation of device makers to create and sell devices running on alternative versions. of Android”.
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Last updated September 29, 2021 at 4:10 PM IST