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South Korea is probing into Google’s ‘anti-competition practices

The antitrust authority in South Korea said on Thursday that it will conduct a final investigation into whether Google LLC misused its market monopoly in the mobile operating system and app industries.

Throughout 2016, the FTC has been investigating Google for allegedly preventing local smartphone manufacturers from utilizing competing operating systems. According to the Yonhap news agency, the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) will conduct its third and final plenary meeting on the issue on September 1 before deciding whether to take disciplinary action against the US tech giant.

In addition, in May and July, review sessions were organized.

Meanwhile, the regulator is looking into allegations that Google pushed mobile game developers to release their apps only through its Play store.

In addition, the KFTC is investigating whether Google’s new charging strategy has damaged market competition.

In South Korea, Google previously revealed a proposal to charge all app developers a 30% fee for in-app digital content sales.

A parliamentary committee approved a new statute last month that attempts to prohibit app market operators from imposing specific payment methods on developers by abusing their market position.

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