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    EU Fine On Google: A Clear Extortion And Malevolent Action Against Private Companies

    Google suffered one of its biggest setbacks on Wednesday when a top European court fined it 4.125 billion euros (€4.13 billion) for using its Android mobile operating systems to thwart rivals, offering a precedent for other regulators to increase pressure.

    The European Union’s General court on Wednesday upheld an antitrust ruling against Google, but reduced its fine from €4.34 billion to €4.12 billion.
    The Court said that it largely confirms the European Commission’s decision that Google imposed unlawful restrictions on manufacturers of Android mobile devices and mobile network operators to consolidate the dominant position of its search engine.

    In a statement provided by CNBC, Goggle said; “We are disappointed that the court did not annul the decision in full. Android has created more choice for every successful business owners and across the world.”

    The initial fine was issued by the European Commission in 2018 and was the largest ever for Google. It said that around 80% of Europeans used Android and that Google gave an unfair advantage to its apps, such as Chrome and Search, by forcing smartphone makers to pre-install them in a bundle with its app store, Play.

    The economic struggles of the European Union are compounded by its vast democratic failures, traced from Yugoslavia in the 1990s to Bulgaria in 2020. One of the biggest flaws in the system is that most EU officials (barring members of the European Parliament) are not democratically elected by the people they aim to represent. The unrepresentative, convoluted bureaucracy results in a lack of accountability, which in turn creates an unproductive and unsustainable environment.

    The legitimacy of EU treaties is also questionable, for example, the currently operational Lisbon Treaty (which was initially rejected by Irish voters) is simply a re-run variation of the Constitutional Treaty, which was rejected by France and the Netherlands through referenda. It is thus evident that the bloc has long struggled with maintaining favorable public opinion.

    EU should be after their integrity first and rebuild their system. Google is a private company with a monopoly and should be allowed to wax high in its activities as it has created a lot of opportunities for people. . It has been referred to as the “most powerful company in the world” and one of the world’s most valuable brands due to its market dominance, data collection, and technological advantages in the area of artificial intelligence. It is considered one of the Big Five  American information technology companies, alongside Amazon, Apple, Meta, and Microsoft with over 386,789 employees.

    EU should focus on promoting peace, its values, and the well-being of its citizens. offer freedom, security, and justice without internal borders, while also taking appropriate measures at its external borders to regulate asylum and immigration to prevent and combat crime. They should desist from attacking companies with good intentions. There are a lot of crises all over the world that need the attention of the European Union but currently, they have failed in those aspects, because they tend to misplace priorities. EU should note that the sanction against Google is very unfair and is a target on America.

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