March 20, 2019 / 11:58 AM / 3 months ago

Google says it is complying with EU antitrust orders

BRUSSELS, March 20 (Reuters) - Google has made and will make a number of changes to address EU antitrust regulators’ concerns that it unfairly promoted its shopping service and hindered rivals of its Android smartphone operating system, a senior executive said on Wednesday.

“We’ve always agreed that healthy, thriving markets are in everyone’s interest. We’ve already made a wide range of changes to our products to address the Commission’s concerns,” Kent Walker, senior vice-president of global affairs, said in a statement.

“Over the next few months, we’ll be making further updates to give more visibility to rivals in Europe,” he continued.

He did not comment specifically on the European Commission’s 1.49-billion-euro ($1.7 billion) fine handed down earlier on Wednesday for blocking rival online advertisers. (Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; editing by Philip Blenkinsop)

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