cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

Google hit with record fine

Community Veteran
Posts: 38,246
Thanks: 934
Fixes: 56
Registered: 15-06-2007

Google hit with record fine

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40406542

Google has been fined 2.42bn euros ($2.7bn; £2.1bn) by the European Commission after it ruled the company had abused its power by promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of search results.

The amount is the regulator's largest penalty to date against a company accused of distorting the market.

64 REPLIES
Community Veteran
Posts: 2,911
Thanks: 168
Fixes: 3
Registered: 05-04-2007

Re: Google hit with record fine

Google will put up its prices to compensate, retailers have to pay more to advertise. Retailers have to pay more for Google's services - they put their prices up too.

Sadly the only winner I can see here are the EU, and the losers are consumers.

VileReynard
Seasoned Pro
Posts: 10,580
Thanks: 191
Fixes: 9
Registered: 01-09-2007

Re: Google hit with record fine

Google isn't the only search engine available.

I use DuckDuckGo. Smiley

Community Veteran
Posts: 2,911
Thanks: 168
Fixes: 3
Registered: 05-04-2007

Re: Google hit with record fine

Yes, but then you think about all the smartphones, browsers etc. which are by default is set to Google. On my iPhone it is and on my Mac. Can't remember about a PC, been so long since I used it Smiley

People like my sister even just type in a search term, rather than a full name of a URL they know.

You can change it of course I know, but I suspect most people don't bother.

I didn't know that one existed, may have to try it out.

Community Veteran
Posts: 5,321
Thanks: 466
Fixes: 1
Registered: 21-03-2011

Re: Google hit with record fine

With the UK leaving the EUSSR has to get its pocket money from somewhere.

Now Zen, but a +Net residue.
Steve
Pro
Posts: 6,680
Thanks: 247
Registered: 13-07-2009

Re: Google hit with record fine

It is a pretty hefty fine, i am sure Google will appeal and win. Surely one of the perks of the job? it is their platform.

bjallenby
Aspiring Pro
Posts: 178
Thanks: 76
Registered: 13-05-2017

Re: Google hit with record fine

If Microsoft had done this (and they did, and were fined by the EU for it) people would be having a [-Censored-] fit. But when it's Google partaking in anti competitive practices people are all "ho hum, what's the problem?".

It's why I use neither Microsoft or Google services. For a company that built itself around the motto "Don't be evil" Google are a bunch of hypocrites.
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 16,538
Thanks: 1,788
Fixes: 125
Registered: 06-04-2007

Re: Google hit with record fine


VileReynard wrote:

Google isn't the only search engine available.

I use DuckDuckGo. Smiley


I would have expected this thread to be at the top of any plusnet searchesCheesy

Forum Moderator and Customer
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear - Mark Twain
He who feared he would not succeed sat still

Minivanman
Hero
Posts: 4,794
Thanks: 1,046
Fixes: 1
Registered: 04-11-2014

Re: Google hit with record fine

@Steve

"It's a pretty hefty fine"

Less than peanuts for a company earning literally billions a day or, in pretty Google colours per year.

 

As for being their platform Steve that is no reason to act dishonourably and dishonestly - hence the fine,

 

 

All views expressed are my own but you can express them too if you want to be right about everything like I am.
Community Veteran
Posts: 3,274
Thanks: 339
Fixes: 12
Registered: 24-10-2013

Re: Google hit with record fine


bjallenby wrote:
If Microsoft had done this (and they did, and were fined by the EU for it) people would be having a [-Censored-] fit. But when it's Google partaking in anti competitive practices people are all "ho hum, what's the problem?".

It's why I use neither Microsoft or Google services. For a company that built itself around the motto "Don't be evil" Google are a bunch of hypocrites.

there's a slight differnece between microsoft and google though.
google have been fined for pushing their service on their website, which i find quite bizarre!

 

what next, fining ebay for only listing items available on their own service?

Minivanman
Hero
Posts: 4,794
Thanks: 1,046
Fixes: 1
Registered: 04-11-2014

Re: Google hit with record fine

Well no, it would be fining ebay for being both devious and dishonest. 

 

All views expressed are my own but you can express them too if you want to be right about everything like I am.
Community Veteran
Posts: 3,274
Thanks: 339
Fixes: 12
Registered: 24-10-2013

Re: Google hit with record fine

well no, surely google can do whatever they want on their own website.
if you don't like it don't use the website, it's not like it's forced upon you.

being devious and dishonest is not against any law AFAIK.
Minivanman
Hero
Posts: 4,794
Thanks: 1,046
Fixes: 1
Registered: 04-11-2014

Re: Google hit with record fine

Ah yes, the 'freedom to starve' argument.

I just love it when that one is wheeled out. Wink 

All views expressed are my own but you can express them too if you want to be right about everything like I am.
Steve
Pro
Posts: 6,680
Thanks: 247
Registered: 13-07-2009

Re: Google hit with record fine

I agree with @chenks76 and if I was Google I would be pretty annoyed right now. Surely I can do what I like on my own platform? and does Ebay sell anything? I thought it was an auction site of people selling their own stuff.

Community Veteran
Posts: 3,274
Thanks: 339
Fixes: 12
Registered: 24-10-2013

Re: Google hit with record fine


Minivanman wrote:

Ah yes, the 'freedom to starve' argument.

I just love it when that one is wheeled out. Wink 


no-one will starve if they use Bing or DuckDuckGo or Yahoo or any othe search provider