Google Slapped With $2.7 Billion EU Fine Over Search Results

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Decision could force broader changes to the way Google designs its search results

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Updated June 27, 2017 5:56 a.m. ET

BRUSSELS—The European Union’s antitrust regulator on Tuesday fined Alphabet Inc.’s Google a record €2.42 billion ($2.71 billion) for favoring its own comparison-shopping service in search results and ordered the search giant to apply the same methods to rivals as its own when displaying their services in search results.

The decision would force Google to reshape the way it presents search results for products in Europe, the latest move by Brussels to rein in the tech world.

Brussels’ ruling, which comes after seven years of legal wrangling and can be appealed to EU courts, could also force Google and other big tech firms to rethink how they make products that serve as dominant gatekeepers on the internet.

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