Speaking on the second day of a week-long hearing on a 2018 antitrust sanctions case, tech giant Google slammed rival Microsoft and claimed “Google” was the most searched term on its search engine. research.
“We have presented data proving that by far the most popular search on Bing (Microsoft’s search engine) is Google,” Bloomberg said, citing a lawyer for Alphabet Inc. at the General Court of the European Union at Luxembourg.
Google’s argument came in response to the antitrust sanction imposed by the European Commission to stifle competition by dominating its Android operating system, Bloomberg reported. The European Commission fined Google 4.34 billion euros (37,634 crore rupees) for violating EU antitrust rules in 2018. According to an EU press release, Google imposed illegal restrictions on Android gadget makers and mobile network operators to solidify its position of authority in general internet research.
“Google has used Android as a medium to establish the domination of its search engine. These exercises have deprived opponents of the opportunity to innovate and fight on the merits,” said Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of policy competition, during its judgment in 2018.
“They have deprived European consumers of the benefits of effective competition in the important mobile world. It is illegal under EU antitrust rules,” Vestager added.
Microsoft Bing is not competing for Google: Lawyer in court
Meanwhile, Alphabet Inc.’s lawyer Alfonso Lamadrid told the court on Tuesday that people used Google as a search engine because it felt convenient and easy to use, not because the web giant. technology forced them to use it. He informed the court that Googe’s market share far exceeded the capabilities of Bing, a web search engine owned and operated by Microsoft.
“Over 95% of people prefer to use Google over Bing and other competing companies,” Lamadrid told the EU General Court in Luxembourg. Notably, it was not the first time that rival companies have challenged Google’s work package. In June 2017, the European Commission fined Google 2.42 billion euros for abusing its dominant position as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to Google’s comparison shopping service.