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    Google Objects to European Commission's Anti-Trust Policy Accusations

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    According to media reports, Google could face a fine to the tune of billions of dollars if the technology giant is found to have violated EU antitrust rules.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Internet giant Google denied on Thursday allegations over the company's violations of antitrust laws in a response filed to the European Commission.

    On April 15, the European Commission sent a formal objection to Google after a four-year investigation, accusing the company of skewing search results in favor of its own content, and opened a separate probe into tech giants, including Google, later that month.

    "We’ve taken seriously the concerns in the European Commission’s Statement of Objections (SO) that our innovations are anti-competitive. The response we filed today shows why we believe those allegations are incorrect," Google General Counsel Kent Walker said in a statement concerning the response.

    Walker argued that the SO's accusations were unfounded, as Google's search engine was "designed to provide the most relevant results and most useful ads for any query."

    According to media reports, Google could face a fine in the amount of billions of dollars if the technology giant is found to have violated the EU antitrust rules.

    Google's market share in web search constitutes over 90 percent in most European countries, according to the European Commission’s estimates.


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