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What Google said after being hit with a Rs 936 Crore fine in India


“Our model propelled India’s digital transformation:” Google after a 2nd fine

After the second fine imposed by India’s competition watchdog, Google said on Wednesday that it is committed to its users and developers and that the company’s model has “fuelled India’s digital transformation and expanded access to hundreds of millions of Indians,” according to a tweet from ANI.

On Tuesday, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) fined Google Rs 936.44 crore for the second time in less than a week, bringing the total fine to ₹2,274 base, for abused its dominance over Play Store policy and ordered the tech giant to stop engaging in unfair business practices.

In response, a Google spokesperson said Wednesday, “We remain committed to our users and developers and are reviewing the decision to assess next steps,” according to a tweet from ANI.

The Google spokesperson added, “Indian developers have benefited from the unparalleled technology, security, consumer protection and choice and flexibility that Android and Google Play provide. By keeping costs low, our model has propelled India’s digital transformation and expanded access to hundreds of millions of Indians.

Last week on Friday, the ICC tweeted that it had fined Google Rs 1,337 crore for “abusing its dominant position in several markets within the Android mobile device ecosystem”.

Similar to the last statement, in response Google said the decision by India’s antitrust watchdog to fine the company for alleged anti-competitive practices was “a major setback for Indian consumers and businesses” and that would reconsider the decision to assess the next steps.

“Android has created more choice for everyone and supports thousands of successful businesses in India and around the world. The ICC ruling is a major setback for Indian consumers and businesses, opening up serious security risks for Indians who trust Android’s security features and increasing the cost of mobile devices for Indians. We will review the decision to assess next steps,” a Google spokesperson said on Friday.



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