WASHINGTON — Google has offered more concessions to the European Union to end a 3-year investigation of antitrust violations.
Reuters reported that the company tried to avoid the potential $5 billion fine, said the European Commission (which is the highest governing body of the E.U.).
The Commission investigated claims that Google was using its search engine to block competitors such as Microsoft in web search results. Google’s rivals wanted more input into the decision, which the Commission has not yet asked for.
Google has a 80% market share in web search engine results in Europe, which is why it is being investigated for antitrust laws. Britain and other countries have taken aim at Google to get more tax revenue from the web search giant.
China has even blamed Google for running too many of its smartphones.