Trump slams record European Union fine against Google

Trump slams record European Union fine against Google

European Union officials on Wednesday also ordered Google to stop using its popular Android mobile operating system to block its rivals, adding to trade tensions between Washington and Brussels.

President Donald Trump lashed out Thursday after Brussels hit USA tech giant Google with a record fine, and warned he would no longer allow Europe to take "advantage" of the United States.

The president tweeted: "I told you so!"

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.

FBN's Kristina Partsinevelos on the European Union's record fine against Google over antitrust violations.

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

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The outcome of the ruling, along with the need to hand over a fair chunk of cash, means that Google will have to stop forcing phone makers to install Chrome and Google Search in order to be allowed to also offer the Google Play Store on their handsets.

Google said it would appeal the decision. 'In this way, Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine.

"These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits", Vestager said. The fine is almost double the previous penalty that the company was ordered to pay a year ago, but it represents a little more than two weeks of revenue for its parent company, Alphabet Inc. "They have denied European consumers the benefits of effective competition in the important mobile sphere".

We are concerned that today's decision will upset the careful balance that we have struck with Android, and that it sends a troubling signal in favor of proprietary systems over open platforms.

The EU's penalty stood in stark contrast with the United States, where federal antitrust regulators previously investigated Google's search and advertising businesses but concluded their probe in 2013 without bringing major penalties against the tech giant.

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