The European Commission is launching a formal investigation into whether Google has abused its dominant market position in online searches.
The EU’s competition watchdog said on Tuesday that the probe follows complaints from other online search providers that Google puts them at a disadvantage in both its paid and unpaid search results.
Google’s competitors also allege that Google lists its own services above those of its rivals.
The Commission’s investigation does not imply any wrongdoing by Google. Google has maintained that it hasn’t broken any antitrust rules.