Turkey to investigate whether Google violated competition law

An illuminated Google logo is seen inside an office in Zurich, 5 September 2018. REUTERS/Arnd WIegmann

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s competition authority said on Monday it had launched an investigation into whether internet search engine Google broke competition law with the algorithms that it uses for searches and ads.

The probe follows a complaint that the Alphabet Inc, Google unit had “abused its dominant position and the efforts of other companies difficult,” the authority said.

The research will consist of companies Google Reklamcilik ve Pazarlama, Google International LLC Google LLC Google Ireland Limited and Alphabet, Inc., it said.

Calls by Reuters, Google Reklamcilik ve Pazarlama, the Alphabet of the local unit, were not answered on Monday.

In September, the authority fined Google 93 million Turkish lira ($17.38 million) for the breach of the competition law with the mobile sale of software.

Reporting Ezgi Erkoyun; Writing by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by David Dolan and Catherine Evans

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