France Fines Google $267 Million over Advertising Antitrust Abuses

France Fines Google $267 Million over Advertising Antitrust Abuses


The French Competition Authority recently announced that it has fined Google 220 million euros ($267 million) for abusing its market power in the online advertising industry.

CNBC reports that the French Competition Authority has fined tech giant Google $267 million over its self-preferential treatment in the online advertising space. The French Competition Authority said Monday that Google had unfairly directed businesses to its own services and discriminated against competitors. Google has agreed to pay the fine and end some of its self-preferential practices.

The investigation found that Google gave preferential treatment to its DFP advertising server which allows publishers of websites and applications to sell advertising space. It was also found that Google’s SSP AdX listing platform, which organizes auction processes and allows publishers to sell “impressions” or advertising inventory to advertisers, unfairly favored Google’s own ads.

In a statement, Isabelle de Silva, president of the French Competition

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