(Bloomberg) – European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager warned of a potential antitrust action against Google or other US tech giants if they threatened with a withdrawal from markets.
Vestager told the economic committee of the European Parliament on Tuesday that there could be an area to “investigate whether it is really legal for a dominant supplier to stop providing services”, adding that the EU “will have a range of tools to use”.
His comments are from Google and Facebook Inc. It follows the discussions in Australia, where his company lobbied against a proposed law to require search and social media companies to pay publishers for the value stories they create on their digital platforms.
Google, News Corp. It initially threatened to shut down the search engine in the country before making a deal with it. Facebook had restricted the sharing of news on its site, but ended the outage earlier Tuesday after the government agreed to amend the law.
Google declined to comment on Vestager’s latest warning, which fined him more than $ 9 billion for antitrust violations.
Meanwhile, a report released by Reuters confirmed it received antitrust objections from French regulators for allegedly failing to comply with an order to pay publishers for news snippets.
Google, owned by Alphabet Inc., said it will review the appeal and “work closely with the French competition authority”.
“Our priority is to comply with the law and continue negotiations with publishers in good faith, as demonstrated by our agreements with publishers over the past few months,” the company said.
The French competition agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment outside of normal business hours.
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