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Google fined R3.6bn as France tackles big tech’s abuse of power in advertising

Google agreed to pay 220 million euros (about R3.6 billion) to settle a French antitrust probe over its abuse of power in on-line advertising.

The French Competition Authority mentioned Google has been unfairly sending business to its advertising server and its online-ad public sale home, to the detriment of rivals.

In addition to the superb, Google promised to treatment the state of affairs by enhancing the interoperability of its Google Ad Manager companies for third events.

“The decision fining Google is particularly significant as it is the first throughout the world to tackle complex algorithmic auction processes used for online display-advertising,” Isabelle de Silva, who heads France’s Autorité de la concurrence, mentioned in a press release on Monday.

With separate instances into Google, Apple and Facebook, French antitrust regulators are beginning to rein in anti-competitive conduct in on-line advertising. While Google’s case ended with a superb, Facebook final week tried to keep away from that by making commitments to placate regulators.

The Google case stems from a grievance lodged in 2019 by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, French newspaper Le Figaro and Belgian media group Rossel La Voix.

It’s not the primary time Google has attracted French antitrust scrutiny over on-line advertising after a 150 million-euro superb in 2019. The search engine additionally dangers a penalty in the approaching weeks over suspicions it did not adjust to an order referring to its information service.

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