The European Commission (EC) has sent two Statements of
Objections to Google and has reinforced, in a supplementary
Statement of Objections, its preliminary conclusion that Google has
abused its dominant position by systematically favouring its
comparison shopping service in its search result pages. Separately,
the EC has also informed Google in a Statement of Objections of its
preliminary view that the company has abused its dominant position
by artificially restricting the possibility of third party websites
to display search advertisements from Google's competitors
observing that "Google has come up with many innovative
products that have made a difference to our lives. But that
doesn't give Google the right to deny other companies the
chance to compete and innovate. Google has unduly favoured its own
comparison shopping service in its general search result pages. It
means consumers may not see the most relevant results to their
search queries. There are concerns that Google has hindered
competition by limiting the ability of its competitors to place
search adverts on third party websites, which stifles consumer
choice and innovation. Google now has the opportunity to respond to
aforesaid concerns. The supplementary Statement of Objections on
comparison shopping follows a Statement of Objections issued in the
same case in April 2015. Both Statements of Objections are
addressed to Google and its parent company, Alphabet.
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