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November 24, 2014

Could Google’s search monopoly be broken?

European Parliament planning a non-binding resolution to split Google.

By CBR Staff Writer

European Parliament is planning to prepare a non-binding resolution to split Google, separating the company’s search business from the rest of its business.

The proposal is being considered in order to break Google’s monopoly and offer a level playing field in the online search business.

According to the motion, as seen by Reuters, it "calls on the Commission to consider proposals with the aim of unbundling search engines from other commercial services as one potential long-term solution".

European politicians have been concerned about the monopoly Google and other American companies’ have over the Internet industry.

Google has been accused of buying smaller search competitors as it has a total share of 90%, which is much more than its 70% share in the US, reported Tech Times.

Google is already facing criticism in Europe over privacy issues, tax policies and link removals.

According to Reuters, the European Parliament has already forwarded a draft against a search giant, but it has not highlighted any name in particular.

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Google has previously attempted to settle the issue by promising to give its rivals more prominence in specialised search results.

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