Google faces 9 counts of antitrust complaints in EU
Google, the world’s number one search engine, faces a total of nine antitrust complaints in the EU, sources told reporters.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the European Commission confirmed the company is currently being investigated for nine separate complaints filed by various search engine companies based in the EU after Google demoted their websites on the grounds that they were rivals in the industry. The Commission declined to provide information about the complainants due to the sensitivity of the matter.
The increasing number of antitrust complaints filed against Google underscores the search engine company’s dominant position in the World Wide Web. However, many view this as a mere setback and would have a permanent negative effect towards the company.
“Google’s strong position means there are lots of interests involved,” Simon Holmes, head of EU and Competition Law at SJ Berwin, told reporters. “The mere proliferation of complaints doesn’t increase the likelihood of infringements. It means there are issues certain parties want to be investigated.
As of this posting time, Google and its representatives could not be reached to be questioned about the said allegations.
The company is also currently being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission in the US after it has received several antitrust complaints which claim that the search engine company has abused its dominance in the online market. An antitrust panel will be held by the US Senate to hear Google’s US antitrust cases beginning September 21.
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