It’s the tussle of giants. Google’s problem in European Union is increasing by the day because of its dispute with News Corp over the legality of the U.S. tech giant’s search and news services. EU regulators are preparing a formal complaint on its Android mobile phone operating system.
“Our concern is that, by requiring phone makers and operators to pre-load a set of Google apps, rather than letting them decide for themselves which apps to load, Google might have cut off one of the main ways that new apps can reach customers,” EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said on Monday.
Not only this, the noose on Google is tightening on advertising business and tax arrangements are also being reviewed by the EU. Because of the Google’s news policy many media companies are suffering because they are not getting page views and clicks. Anti-trust case against American companies is not new as it has forced Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp. to pay billions of euros in fines.
Google has been accused of using exploitative tactics because of its market dominance. News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson said, “yet to see concrete meaningful action” from Google “that contradicts our impressions that the company routinely exploits its market dominance and has little appreciation of the commercial or social value of high-quality journalism.”