This started when Russia’s Yandex filed a complaint, saying that Google changed its software distribution agreements in a way that removed the option to change the default search engine. Turkey’s competition authority sided with Yandex and fined Google $17.4 million. The US search giant made some changes, but they didn’t satisfy the Turkish regulator (users still couldn’t pick a default search engine). The regulator imposed an additional fine of 0.05% of Google’s daily revenue until the issue is resolved, giving the company a 60-day period to challenge the ruling.
Google is applying pressure on Turkey’s trade minister and the leader of the competition authority to change the ruling, reports local newspaper Haberturk, which first reported on this story.
The regulator announced the preliminary results of another investigation, saying that Google has abused its dominant position in search and advertising to push its services at the expense of local competition.