The meeting, chaired by the Chairman of the Competition Board, Birol Küle, was held online.
Küle reminded that Google Reklamcılık ve Pazarlama Ltd Şti was investigated against Google International LLC, Google LLC, Google Ireland Limited and Alphabet Inc. on the grounds that it excluded competitors in the local search services market by abusing its dominant position in the general search services market.
Stating that the verbal defense meeting was decided to be held on the internet due to the new type of coronavirus (Kovid-19) epidemic, Küle gave the floor to the investigation team.
The representative of the investigative team stated that within the scope of the investigation, it was investigated whether Google had violated the relevant law by distorting competition in this market by offering its local search service and accommodation price comparison service more favorably compared to its competitors in terms of location and visuality, and other practices.
The representative, who claims that Google dominates the market for general search services and that “its local search service and accommodation price comparison service makes it difficult for competitors to operate by giving them an advantage over their competitors in terms of location and impressions on the general search results page,” the representative said, the company should be fined.
The complaining party also argued that Google is making the activities of its competitors in the local search services market difficult.
Google’s lawyer, on the other hand, argued that the company did not abuse its dominant position, that the aforementioned practices did not violate competition, and noted that there was no room for administrative fines.
The board will announce its final decision on the investigation on April 14th.
If the decision is taken earlier, it will be announced on the website of the Competition Authority.