After facing a record-breaking $2.7BN antitrust fine by European Union’s Competition Commission last summer, another antitrust fine is awaiting for Google in India.
India’s Competition Commission issued a 1.36BN rupees (~$21.1M) penalty on the tech giant for ‘abusing its dominant position in the local search market for online general web search and web search advertising services,’ according to TechCrunch.
In a press release released on 8th February 2018, The Competition Commission of India (CCI) writes, “Google was leveraging its dominance in the market for online general web search, to strengthen its position in the market for online syndicate search services. The competitors were denied access to the online search syndication services market due to such a conduct.”
“Further, prohibitions imposed under the negotiated search intermediation agreements upon the publishers have been held to be unfair as they restricted the choice of these partners and prevented them from using the search services provided by competing for search engines.”
Even though, the amount of money fined is not a big deal for Google but the constant allegation might cause trouble for the leading tech giant.