The French antitrust authorities have fined Google around 600 million US dollars

The French antitrust authorities have fined Google around 600 million US dollars

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  • According to CNN Business, Google must pay a $592 million fine over its failure to comply with regulator’s demands. The fine is representative of what is owed as compensation to the publishers for their content. “When the regulator imposes obligations for a company, it must comply scrupulously, in both the spirit and letter.” the antitrust agency’s chief Isabelle de Silva said. “In this instance, this was unfortunately not the case.”

  • AppleInsider is funded by its audience and may make money from qualifying sales as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner. Our editorial content is unaffected by these affiliate relationships. For disobeying injunctions pertaining to discussions with French news publications, French antitrust regulators have ordered Google two months to pay a $592 million punishment. In its discussions with news organisations and publishers, Google has been charged with operating dishonestly. The search engine behemoth also declined to specifically address the topic of paying for online news articles.

Google has been facing heavy scrutiny in France over anti-competitive practices in search and news publication. In June, the company was also fined $267 million for abusing market power in online advertising. Google did not protest the first fine, but it has issued a statement in regards to the latest antitrust charge. The company says it is “very disappointed” with the decision. “We have acted in good faith throughout the entire process,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement. “The fine ignores our efforts to reach an agreement, and the reality of how news works on our platforms.”

 

Plans to pay the $592 million fine will have to be proposed within two months, or Google will receive additional penalties up to $1.1 million per day. It is unknown if Google intends to protest the fine or pay it in full. Keep up with everything Apple in the weekly AppleInsider Podcast — and get a fast news update from AppleInsider Daily. Just say, “Hey, Siri,” to your HomePod mini and ask for these podcasts, and our latest HomeKit Insider episode too. If you want an ad-free main AppleInsider Podcast experience, you can support the AppleInsider podcast by subscribing for $5 per month through Apple’s Podcasts app, or via Patreon if you prefer any other podcast player.

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