Google gets second hefty fine in India! The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has concluded another antitrust investigation into Alphabet Inc’s Google for allegedly abusing its market share to stifle competition.
On Tuesday, Google was fined $113.04 million (Rs. 936 crore). On October 20, Google was fined Rs. 1,337 crore by CCI. The new fine marks the second one in less than a week for Google in India.
Why Google was fined twice
The new fine pertains to Google’s payments apps and in-app payment system; the CCI directed Google to “not restrict app developers from using any third party billing/payment processing services.”
The CCI, in a release, added that Google has been asked to change its conduct within a stipulated time period. According to the antitrust agency, Google forces app developers to use its in-app payment system, noting that selling in-app digital goods constitute a major chunk of how creators monetise their goods. “The Commission hereby directs Google to cease and desist from indulging in anti-competitive practices,” CCI said in a statement on Tuesday.
Case Nos. 07 of 2020, 14 of 2021 and 35 of 2021
CCI imposes a monetary penalty of ₹ 936.44 Crore on Google for anti-competitive practices in relation to its Play Store policies.
Read the full order here: https://t.co/GDR820ffYg
Press release: https://t.co/7HEPJeHVK3#Antitrust pic.twitter.com/TbTa6vbCXl
— CCI (@CCI_India) October 25, 2022
Now, app developers in India will not be restricted by Google from using any third-party billing or payment services – be it for in-app purchases or for standalone app purchases.
Google charges commissions of up to 305 on purchases made within an app on Android. Slowly, countries are forcing Big Tech giants like Google to open up their ecosystem to others.
Google fined Rs 936 crore in second antitrust penalty this month. (2022, October 25). The Economic Times. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/technology/google-fined-113-million-in-second-antitrust-penalty-this-month/articleshow/95080594.cms