Turkey’s Antitrust Regulator Fines Google

Turkey’s Competition Authority imposed 296 million lira (US$36.5 million) in fines on Google Reklamcılık ve Pazarlama, Google International, Google LLC, Google Ireland, and Alphabet for abuse of dominant position, Turkish media reported on Wednesday, April 14.

According to the antitrust regulator, Google has provided advantages to its own accommodation price comparison and its local search services over its competitors, Daily Sabah reported.

The competition watchdog also stated that Google must ensure within six months that competitors are not disadvantaged and it must report to the board every year for five years about the issue.

In November 2020, the Competition Authority fined Google with 196.7 million lira for breaching Turkey’s competition law. At the time, the search engine was fined for placing ads at the top of the search results, thus affecting organic search results.

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