Google tells EU court it’s the #1 search query on Bing

Let's see, you landed on my "Google Ads" space, and with three houses, that will be $1,400.

Enlarge / Let’s see, you landed on my “Google Ads” space, and with three houses, that will be $1,400. (credit: Ron Amadeo / Hasbro)

Google is in the middle of one of its many battles with EU antitrust regulators—this time it’s hoping to overturn the record $5 billion fine the European Commission levied against it in 2018. The fine was for unfairly pushing Google search on phones running Android software, and Google’s appeal argument is that search bundling isn’t the reason it is dominating the search market—Google Search is just so darn good.

Bloomberg reports on Google’s latest line of arguments, with Alphabet lawyer Alfonso Lamadrid telling the court, “People use Google because they choose to, not because they are forced to. Google’s market share in general search is consistent with consumer surveys showing that 95% of users prefer Google to rival search engines.”

Lamadrid then went on to drop an incredible burn on the #2 search engine, Microsoft’s Bing: “We have submitted evidence showing that the most common search query on Bing is, by far, ‘Google.'”

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