Google has been fined 2.42 billion euros by the European Commission after it ruled the company had abused its power by promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of search results. The amount is the regulator’s largest penalty to date against a company accused of distorting the market.
The ruling also orders Google to end its anti-competitive practices within 90 days or face a further penalty.
The US firm said it may appeal. However, if it fails to change the way it operates the Shopping service within the three-month deadline, it could be forced to make payments of five per cent of its parent company Alphabet’s average daily worldwide earnings.
Based on the company’s most recent financial report, that amounts to about 14 million dollars a day. The Commission said it is leaving it to Google to determine what alterations should be made to its Shopping service rather than specifying a remedy.