According to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Google, an Alphabet subsidiary, has agreed to pay $8 million (approximately Rs. 65 million) to resolve charges that it used misleading marketing to sell the Pixel 4 smartphone.
Both the federal government and state attorneys general have investigated the search and advertising behemoth for violations of antitrust and consumer protection laws. The company also produces Android smartphone software and owns YouTube. Two antitrust cases have been filed by the federal government.
In this case, Paxton’s department claimed that Google employed radio broadcasters to provide glowing reviews of the Pixel 4 despite the company’s refusal to let them actually use one of the devices.
In a statement, Paxton added, “Google’s statements better be true if they’re going to advertise in Texas.” Our resolution holds Google accountable for deceiving Texans for financial advantage in this case because the business made assertions that were patently false.
In a statement, Google stated that it takes adherence to advertising laws seriously. Jose Castaneda, a spokeswoman, said: “We are delighted to have resolved this matter.
A regulatory ruling seen by Reuters on Friday revealed that Google is also having problems in India, where the competition authority has opened an investigation against the company after several businesses claimed the service fee the US firm charges for in-app payments violates an earlier antitrust rule.
Match Group, which owns Tinder, and several Indian startups have requested that the watchdog look into Google’s new User Choice Billing (UCB) scheme because they claim it to be anti-competitive.
In a ruling released on Friday, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) stated that “it is of the opinion that an inquiry needs to be made.”
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