Google by European regulators who say the U.S. tech giant abused its dominant position in search to force third-party sites to favor its own ad network while freezing out rivals.
This marks the third massive antitrust fine levied against Google by the European Union, which has become increasingly aggressive against powerful tech companies.
Last year, for abusing the dominant position of its Android mobile operating system. In 2017, the for abusing its dominance in search to boost its comparison shopping service.
In the last case, the EU focused on Google’s AdSense business, which lets websites earning money by embedding an advertising or search box on their pages which serve up ads which target the site’s audience. In previously released statements going back to 2016, the EU