Trump slams record EU fine against Google

President Donald Trump lashed out Thursday after Brussels hit USA tech giant Google with a record fine, and warned he would no longer allow Europe to take "advantage" of the United States.

Adding to that, Google also specifically banned these smartphone makers from using rival versions of Android on their devices.

The Brussels regulator insisted the tech giant had used Android illegally to "cement its dominant position" in user searches.

Under EU rules Google could have been fined up to 10 percent of parent company Alphabet's annual revenue, which hit $110.9 billion in 2017.

His administration in early March announced tariffs of 25 percent on aluminum and 10 percent on steel imports that also include the European Union.

"They truly have taken advantage of the USA, but not for long!" he said.


Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT tweeted that the fine should "be a wake-up call" to the Federal Trade Commission and "should lead United States enforcers to protect consumers".

The president is due to conduct crunch talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the White House next week, where he could choose to bring up the Google fine again. This means now Google should stop forcing the manufacturers to preinstall Google search and Google Chrome if they want to offer the Google Play Store on handsets.

As a result, Google has been given 90 days to stop what the European Union said were "illegal practices" on contracts with handset manufacturers that push Google services in front of users.

Google's CEO says that the free distribution of its own apps is fair and earns the company money, and it won't be in anyone's best interest to change that model.

The Commission opened its investigation into Android following a 2013 complaint from lobbying group FairSearch, which was backed by competitors including Oracle, Nokia and Microsoft. Google has already stopped paying OEMs and carriers in order to have Google search be the exclusive search offering on devices after the European Union started to dig into the issue back in 2014, so that's one thing off of Google's plate already.

That figure represented a doubling in global revenue in only four years.


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