France slaps Google with $166M antitrust fine for opaque and inconsistent ad rules


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France’s competition watchdog has slapped Google  with a €150 million (~$166 million) fine after finding the tech giant abused its dominant position in the online search advertising market.

In a decision announced today — following a lengthy investigation into the online ad sector — the competition authority sanctioned Google for adopting what it describes as “opaque and difficult to understand” operating rules for its ad platform, Google Ads, and for applying them in “an unfair and random manner.”

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