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Fresh reports reaching the desk of Africa Daily News, New York has revealed that India’s competition watchdog has finally imposed a fine of up to 9.36billion rupees ($113.4million) on the Google parent Alphabet.
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been described as the chief national competition regulator who had instigated the case.
The statutory body, which also goes under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has also been deemed responsible for to be the ones enforcing the Competition Act, 2002 to promote competition.
Dpa had also reported that the commission had openly accused Google of abusing the dominant role of the Google Play Store and it had been revealed that the tech giant had also allegedly forced developers to use Google’s payment system for app purchases and purchases within apps.
The government agency had also ordered the company to make sure that they allow their developers to make use of any payment system of choice and the commission had earlier fined Alphabet the equivalent of $164million for allegedly abusing the dominant role of its Android operating system.
Google and other Silicon Valley firms have been competing for market share in India, projected to be the world’s most populous country.
Alphabet Inc. is an American multinational technology conglomerate created through a restructuring of Google on October 2, 2015. The firm is the world’s third-largest technology company by revenue and one of the world’s most valuable companies.
In another report, a court in Moscow on Monday fined Google 21 billion rubles ($360 million) for not removing a number of contents concerning Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine from its space, the nation’s telecommunications regulator has disclosed.
Roskomnadzor asserted that the Google-owned video platform YouTube had failed to block ‘false information’ on the offensive in Ukraine, ‘extremist and terrorist propaganda’ and content ‘calling on minors to participate in what was tagged unauthorised demonstrations’.
The regulator said that as this was a repeat conviction for Google the fine was based on its annual revenue in Russia.