“Don’t be evil” maybe Google’s slogan, but by the looks of recent anti monopoly investigations it would seem that Google has been ignoring their own slogan.
Google may face yet another big billion dollar fine by the EU. It has been revealed that the EU is putting together a panel of technology experts to judge whether Google used its Android mobile operating system to harm competitors. It is believed that Google did this by only allowing mobile phone designers to be able to use their Android operating system if they include google products such as Google chrome and search built in.
In Russia google has already had to settle an anti trust investigation and pay watchdogs $7.8 million after being found abusing its android operating system to hurt its rival Russian search engine yandex.
If the EU does rule that google has abused it’s monopoly Google could face a very big fine coming just a week after Google was fined €2.7 billion for abusing its monopoly on internet search through manipulating its search results to destroy competition and force buisness into buy expensive Google ads just to be seen.
FairSearch lawyer Thomas Vinje has said that “The long-running case is taking its toll on users and rivals,” adding “A decision would come none too soon. Google is hurting Android users, including by surreptitiously commandeering ever-increasing amounts of personal data,” Vinje said.
This week the German government has also ruled that internet giants such as google must pay a $50 million fine if they fail to remove hate speech and illegal content from their websites.
It is evident that outside of the Us, governments are becoming increasingly sick and tired of Googles unregulated power and the negative effect that the internet giant is having on businesses. Google stocks have been falling since the announcement an indication that people are scared of the Google bubble bursting.