It’s old news that the European Union has been investigating Google over antitrust claims that their dominance in the search engine market has created somewhat of a monopoly for the company. The EU is reportedly planning on instituting a 6.4 billion dollar fine on Google, which is a massive penalty, even for a company even like Google.
Google has already prepared a response to that judgment and they’ve sent out an internal memo to companies ahead of the announcement, which has some pretty interesting info in it. The memo shows how well Google does against other companies when it comes to things like shopping searches and what customers use when searching for travel information in other countries. The graphs included don’t show Google as a massive company with a complete strangehold on the market, as they’re consistently beat out by the likes of Amazon and eBay in countries like Germany, France, and the UK.
As an added note, Google also points out that by offering so many features within its search engine, its able to save time and effort for its users. Why would you not want to be able to check commute time and the weather in your search app while you’re already there?
This ruling will be interesting, but it certainly won’t be the end of the situation for Google, If you want to read the full internal memo, hit the link below.