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Indonesia says Google abuses monopoly

by on19 September 2022

Unfair to other boardgames, and might require some diplomacy 

Indonesia's competition regulator, the succinctly titled Komisi Pengawas Persaingan Usaha (KPPU) has alleged that Google has violated local anti-monopoly laws.

Apparently, the search giant abused its dominant position for the distribution of apps and its requirement that developers must use its payment systems.

These charges are identical to those leveled against Apple in other countries. The reason the fruity giant is not being investigated is because Indonesia does not sell much Apple gear because it is largely unaffordable. Google holds 93 percent of Indonesia's app distribution platform market.

Google also stands accused of preventing rival in-app payment players from accessing the Play store, in contrast to its efforts to allow third-party players in other nations.

Indonesia is the world's fourth-most populous nation and sixteenth-largest economy by GDP – but the 136th-ranked nation for GDP per capita. The potential for Indonesia's 270 million plus citizens to increase their incomes makes it a nation all businesses see as a huge growth opportunity.


Last modified on 19 September 2022
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