EU turns to Google's ad business in antitrust probe

EU turns to Google's ad business in antitrust probe

Google is set to be hit with a third set of antitrust charges by the European Union - this time against its advertising business - according to reports.

Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition commissioner, had already put formal charges against Google’s search service, Google Shopping, as well as Android, its operating system for smartphones.

According to Politico, investigators are taking steps to formalise their accusations by asking companies to remove confidential material from evidence that supports claims Google abuses its dominance in online advertising.

If found guilty of breaking EU competition law, Google could face a maximum fine of 10% of its annual revenue per infringement.

Advertising accounted for 90% of Google’s $75bn (£56.4bn) in revenue last year.

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