Donald Trump lambasts European Union over $5.1bn fine for Google

Andrew Cummings
July 19, 2018

"Today, the commission rules Google has engaged in illegal practices to cement its dominant market position in internet search", European Union's competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said.

US President Donald Trump on Thursday attacked the European Union for fining Google $7.4 billion ($5 billion US) for harming its competitors, tweeting that the incident proved the regional bloc has "taken advantage of the USA, but not for long!"

"I told you so!" he said.

After getting slapped by European Union with a record fine of $5 billion for abusing the dominance of the Android operating system, Google has released an official statement hinting a future where Android might not be free. "They truly have taken advantage of the USA, but not for long!" he tweeted.

It nearly doubles the €2.42b - about United States dollars $2.8b - that the European Union levied against the company previous year over promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of its search results.

A spokeswoman for Google did not immediately respond when asked for comment on Trump's tweet.

Google also reportedly forces smartphone makers to integrate its own apps to their phones, should they wish to offer the Google Play Store on them.

Google will naturally appeal the EU's ruling.

The European Commission found Google had used Android, the most popular mobile software globally, to reinforce its dominance in search.

"So far, the Android business model has meant that we haven't had to charge phone makers for our technology, or depend on a tightly controlled distribution model".

The EU gave Google 90 days to come up with remedies that could allow rival search apps and browsers onto more phones. "They have denied European consumers the benefits of effective competition in the important mobile sphere".

A third antitrust case against Google is also still open in the European Union, which alleges the tech giant holds dominance in online advertising via its Adsense tool. However, Google shares started to dip on Thursday morning after Trump's tweet.

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