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Google Appeals EU’s $8bn Antitrust Penalty

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Google appeared before a top European Union court on Monday in an attempt to reverse a record $8 billion antitrust fine.

According to Gatekeepers News, the internet giant is appealing a 2018 ruling by the EU’s executive Commission, the bloc’s main antitrust regulator.

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The judgement resulted in a punishment of 4.34 billion euros ($5 billion) for suffocating competition through its Android operating system dominance. Between 2017 and 2019, the commission smacked Google with three antitrust penalties totaling more than $8 billion.

Others concentrated on commerce and search, but Google is appealing to all three.

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In its original ruling, the EU said that Google’s policies impede competition and limit customer choice, but the California corporation countered that the free and open-source Android operating system had resulted in lower-cost phones and increased competition with its primary rival, Apple.

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