Google's EU Antitrust Defence: Search Is Free So Stop Complaining

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Google says it shouldn’t be punished for allegedly abusing its search dominance in Europe because it provides a free service to users.

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The European Commission wants to slap the company with a hefty fine — possibly as high as $6.6 billion — but, Big G is convinced that the charges won’t stick.

EU antitrust regulators say that the tech giant manipulated search results in order to promote its own shopping services, harming both users and competitors. Google, however, is hanging its hopes on a technicality. As it’s free to use its search engine, Google says that no trading relationship exists between the company and its users. For accusations of abuse of dominance to fly, a trading relationship needs to be in place.

The company tried to settle the case with concessions last year, but the European Commission was determined to fight things out in court.


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This post originally appeared on Gizmodo UK, which is gobbling up the news in a different timezone.

DISCUSSION

Maybe I’m not educated enough on all this, cause I just done get the EUs case. It’s a free service, for cripes sakes. Google owns the entire network you’re using, again, for free. Why shouldn’t they be allowed to do whatever they want with THEIR network? If you don’t like it, use another service.

Google selling their own products on their own network sounds like a completely logical decision.

This whole thing reeks of other company’s going through sour grape syndrome and nitpicking in order to squash their largest competitor.

Guaranteed if any of Google’s competitors had the same market share, they’d be doing exactly the same thing, arguing the same logic Google is.