South Korea fines Google close to US$180 million for market abuse


South Korea has fined Google close to $180 million (RM 747.180 million) today for violating antitrust laws by forcing software developers to use their payment system. – EPA file pic, September 14, 2021.

SOUTH Korea’s antitrust watchdog fined Google nearly $180 million (RM 747.180 million) today for abusing its dominance in the mobile operating systems and app markets, it said, the latest in a series of regulatory moves against tech giants around the world.

The penalty came weeks after South Korea passed a law banning major app store operators such as Google and Apple from forcing software developers to use their payment systems, effectively declaring their lucrative Play Store and App Store monopolies illegal.


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