“Today, we have further strengthened our case that Google has unduly favored its own comparison shopping service in its general search result pages,” Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said. “It means consumers may not see the most relevant results to their search queries,” she added. Google and parent Alphabet have eight weeks to respond to the supplementary statement of objections and 10 weeks to respond to the statement of objections regarding AdSense.
“Today’s Supplementary Statement of Objections to Google, reinforcing the Commission’s preliminary conclusion that Google has abused its dominant position by systematically favoring its comparison shopping service in its search result pages, is another decisive step towards restoring the level playing field required for competition and innovation to thrive,” said Shivaun Raff, CEO and co-founder of Foundem, the first company which had filed an antitrust complaint against Google in Brussels. In the past, Google has denied breaking antitrust laws.