I'm spending a year dead for tax reasons.
15th December 2002
Google has been issued a massive antitrust fine over restrictive contracts it forced on customers who joined its AdSense platform.
The AdSense platform let customers of the platform place a Google search box on their website. Then, when users used the search engine, Google showed them relevant ads and split the commission with the website’s owner. However, if they were use it, the website could not use another search bar, something that the company used to allow when they were not the dominant ad platform. So in other words, Google was able to go up the later thanks to other ad platform allowing alternative search system on a website, then now, once they reached the top, they block everyone.
EU officials said that from 2006 onwards Google prevented AdSense customers from featuring rival search engines on their sites. AdSense let customers including retailers and newspapers place a Google search box on their website. Then, when users used the search engine, Google showed them ads and split the commission with the website’s owner.
Originally, AdSense customers were not allowed to feature rival search engines as well as Google’s. In 2009, the tech company allowed the inclusion rival search engines, as long as Google’s search box was more prominent. Then, in 2016, it removed these terms entirely.
This is the companies 3rd fine in a row. Last year, Google was fined €4.3 billion last year for abusing its market dominance in mobile space. and the year before that, they were fined €2.4 billion the year before that for manipulating shopping search results. These fines total €8.2 billion, or $9.3 billion US.
It just highlights to me the worrying practices Google seems to partake in now it's basically the gateway of the entire internet. It infuriates me honestly.
Danny King | Community Manager | GameFront.com
World's most disgruntled gamer
6th September 2016
1.5 billion? That's nothing for Google. "Here, have your little lunch money, we'll just resume diving in our money pile like Scrooge McDuck."