France fines Google US$590 million in latest antitrust lawsuit


France has 500 million euros ($590 million) in the latest antitrust ruling against the company.The authorities stated that Google did not reach a fair agreement with publishers to use their content snippets on Google News, although Do this for the company.

Google It will not pay French publishers for search results and will only show basic news results before the country introduces new EU-based rules . Google and French Press Group General Information Publishing Alliance agree Regarding the payment framework for the January news preview, we have been discussing with AFP and magazine publishers.However, the regulator stated that Google’s payment incentives are “negligible” because Bloomberg report.

Isabelle de Silva, head of competition regulator Autorité de la concurrence, said that Google is willing to pay less for news than weather data or dictionary definitions. She said the level of fines “takes into account the unusual severity of the observed violations.”

The regulator also gave Google two months to negotiate with the publisher within two months of submitting a new discussion request. Otherwise, the company will face fines of up to 900,000 euros ($1.33 million) per day. Regulators are expected to issue a ruling on the substance of the case later this year, which may result in further fines on Google.

The company can appeal the decision. A spokesperson said that Google believes it was “in good faith throughout the process.” Bloomberg.

This marks France has thrown an olive branch to a company, this is far from the first time in the country Punish Google. Just last month, Google said it would And because the company abused its online advertising power and paid 220 million euros (267 million US dollars) in fines.

In 2019, Google agreed Failed to fully disclose its taxable activities in France.In the same year, the French regulatory agency 167 million U.S. dollars suspected of unclear advertising rules and 57 million U.S. dollars after .

Following the announcement last year Initiative, Google has reached agreements with publishers in other countries to pay for their content, including , with , which one Required Digital platforms to reach such agreements.The company faces antitrust issues in other jurisdictions, including .

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