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New probe is launched into Google's ad business

By Ravender Sembhy

Published 15/07/2016

Google is facing mounting pressure over its tax affairs
Google is facing mounting pressure over its tax affairs

The European Union's anti-trust arm has said it will expand a probe into internet giant Google to include the company's comparison shopping and advertising business.

The investigation centres on whether the firm breaches competition rules by skewing search results in its favour, thereby restricting rival online advertising platforms.

The European Commission said its preliminary conclusion was that "Google has abused its dominant position by systematically favouring its comparison shopping service in its search result pages".

It is not the first time that the US company has run into trouble in Europe.

In May, Google's Paris office was raided by French police as part of an investigation into tax fraud and money laundering.

The company is facing mounting pressure over its tax affairs.

Belfast Telegraph

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