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Positives and Negatives of Google being Fined $2.73 Billion by the EU

Positives and Negatives of Google being Fined $2.73 Billion by the EU

Ben Thompson:

"The European Commission levied a record €2.42 billion ($2.73 billion) fine on Google yesterday for having 'abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service.'"

"It is tempting when these decisions come down to start with the ends: specifically, does the outcome in question agree with one’s pre-existing views on such matters as regulation generally, antitrust specifically, and even nationalism (or continentalism, as it were)? The means matter, though, especially in this decision: there are three meaningful questions in this case that cut to the heart of antitrust regulation of digital companies:

  • What is a digital monopoly?
  • What is the standard for determining illegal behavior?
  • What constitutes a competitive product?

"The European Commission’s decision was impressive on some of these questions, and very problematic on others; all sides of the antitrust debate should be wary of standing in resolute opposition or support."

Ben goes into detailed analysis of the three questions above and describes the positive and negative results of the EUs decision. It's well worth your time.

Read the full piece on Stratechery.

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