EU threatens Google with €3bn fine

Search giant could be issued record-breaking fine "within weeks"

Google faces a record-breaking 3 billion (2.4 billion) anti-trust  fine from the European Commission, it has been claimed.

Citing "sources close to the situation", the Telegraph claimed the fine, which is three times the previous record issued to Intel, will be handed out before the summer recess and potentially as early as June.

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The fine, whatever its final total, follows a seven-year investigation into whether the company's position as the dominant search engine within Europe.

According to The Telegraph's sources, Google will also be banned from manipulating search results to favour its own services - something it has already been fined for in relation to promoting its own price comparison service over those of smaller rivals.

The company is also facing anti-trust charges in relation to its Android mobile operating system, which the EU announced in April.

In addition to the 3 billion fine, Google will also be banned from continuing the practice of manipulating search results through its algorithms to the detriment of competitors.

The search giant has said the success of companies like Amazon and eBay shows that there is no problem with competition on the web when it comes to e-commerce, however, if the rumours of the impending fine are true, these arguments will ultimately have failed.

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The Telegraph also suggested that the European Commission "may ... seek to make an example of the company over changes to its algorithms during the investigation", which it is claimed both made it even harder for competitors to figure on search results and some officials consider to have been delaying tactics.

Google declined to comment on the matter.

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