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Turkey Investigating Google Anti-Trust Charges

Turkey has opened an investigation into Google to determine if the tech titan has breached the country’s anti-trust laws.

Turkey’s Competition Board, in a statement on its website, said it is looking into “the provision of mobile operating systems and mobile applications and services, as well as by the agreements concluded between Google and original equipment manufacturers.”

GoogleThe investigation will seek to determine if Google is using its Android operating system to monopolize the mobile marketplace by forcing Android device makers to install its apps and services.

This is not Google’s first problem with Turkey.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blocked YouTube, Google’s video service, several times over the years because the site was used by Erdogan’s opponents to criticize him.

This is not the first time Google has been under fire for its Android practices. The European Union last year filed charges against Google, accusing it of breaching EU anti-trust law with its Android operating system. In a formal Statement of Objections, the EU said a nearly-three-year investigation found that Google was using a strategy on mobile devices to reinforce its dominance in general Internet searches.

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said at the time that the practice “denies consumers a wider choice of mobile apps and services and stands in the way of innovation by other players, in breach of EU antitrust rules.”

Google has also had issues with Russia. The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of Russia opened a case against Google after determining a complaint filed by Yandex, the country’s most popular search engine, had merit. Yandex sent a complaint to the FAS accusing Google of breaching Russian anti-trust law with the bundling of its search app and other services with the Android operating system.

 

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  • Interesting developments against Google. I wonder how much effort Google is making to push out its product within a fine line of legal regulation – it certainly would be a challenge to appease all countries’ laws. I’m betting it crosses the line more often that we realize.