Europe Will Attempt to Break Up Google

The European Parliament will reportedly call for the breakup of Google into different smaller companies during a vote to be held next week. The measure is a big attempt by the legislative group to combat the dominance of the firm online.

Google has found itself for quite a period of time involved in European investigations. At the present, the search engine behemoth is involved with an antitrust investigation into is operating system Android, as well as an ongoing case regarding the company’s dominance in the search engine sector.

Europe might take drastic measure as it bids to stop the ongoing cases. A leak of information has suggested that a motion calling for the company to be broken up could come on next week’s agenda.

A European business journal was given a draft motion, which reportedly is supported from the two largest European political parties and says that unbundling the search engines from other services that are commercial, should be taken into consideration as a possible solution to the dominance held by Google.

The motion also calls to bring an end to the discriminatory and illegal treatment by Google and calls to return competition to the online marketplace.

However, this report also notes that the Parliament does not have any authority to force a company such as Google to break up, but it does have the right to influence the region’s European Commission, which decides new legislation.

One of the supporters of the motion said it was necessary to look at the possibility of such a move as a solution over the long run because the commission cannot request the secret of the algorithm of Google.

Margrethe Vestager the Commission for Competition in Europe said she would listen to the various Google critics and Google itself before making a decision on how far to move forward on an inquiry into antitrust.

Google did not comment on article in the European journal but sources say the company executives are furious over the possible motion.

The motion is expected to be voted on next Thursday.

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