EU regulators fine Google 1.49 billion euros for the block of advertising rivals

FILE PHOTO: An illuminated Google logo is seen inside an office in Zurich, Switzerland, 5 December 2018. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – european antitrust regulators handed down a 1.49 billion euros ($1.69 billion) fine to Alphabet unit Google on Wednesday for blocking rival search online advertisers, which the company is the third penalty in two years.

Last year, the EU’s competition enforcer imposed a record 4.34 billion euro fine on Google for the use of the popular Android mobile operating system to block rivals. This followed a 2.42 billion-euro penalty in 2017 for impeding the rivals of shopping comparison websites.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; editing by Philip Blenkinsop

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