Google, the world’s most popular internet search engine, rejected on Thursday (27 August) European Union antitrust charges that it abused its market power, saying they lacked any economic or legal basis.
“Economic data spanning more than a decade, an array of documents and statements from complainants all confirm that product search is robustly competitive,” Kent Walker, Google’s general counsel, wrote in a blog.
The comments came after the company submitted a document of more than 100 pages to counter the European Commission, which has accused Google of distorting search results to favour its shopping service, harming both rivals and consumers.
The European Commission formally charged Google with antitrust violations in April.
Google cited traffic anaylses in its response to the Commission in an effort to rebut allegations that its ad services hurt e-commerce competitors from reaching customers.
The response includes economic data from over a decade, which Google hopes will bolster its claim that the company’s search services are competitive. Amazon and eBay, according to the Google blog post, are some of the biggest contenders in e-commerce–proof that Google hasn’t stamped out other businesses.
Around twenty tech businesses are on the list of complainants against Google, including Microsoft and TripAdvisor.
The European Commission is still looking into other aspects of Google’s businesses that its previously raised issues with, including Google search.