Based on the report, the Google Doc reveals a focused marketing campaign in opposition to EU lawmakers


An illuminated Google logo is located in an office building in Zurich, Switzerland, on December 5, 2018.

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LONDON – Google is targeting European politicians to combat the dominance of big tech, the Financial Times reported, citing an internal document.

In the FT's presentation, the tech giant outlined a two-month strategy aimed at removing potential "constraints" on its business model based on an upcoming EU proposal that will affect the entire sector.

Karan Bhatia, Google's vice president of global government affairs and public order, made a statement to CNBC in which he said in part, "As we have made clear in our public and private communications, we have concerns about certain reported proposals that are preventing global tech companies would benefit from meeting the growing needs of European users and businesses. "

Google has not confirmed or denied the existence of the document cited in the FT at the request of CNBC.

The European Commission, the executive branch of the EU, plans to update the legal framework for digital services – which has not happened since 2000 – in the so-called law on digital services. In simple terms, the EU wants to hold the tech giants more accountable for the content on their platforms and ensure that competitors have a fair chance of beating the big companies.

The upcoming legislation will "require that digital services take more responsibility for dealing with illegal content and dangerous products," said Margrethe Vestager, head of European competition, in a speech earlier this week. She also said they needed to be more transparent.

Google has said it is not against reforming the rules, but rejects how the new laws could affect future digital tools development.

According to the FT report, Google is trying to "push back" French commissioner Thierry Breton, who is working with Vestager on the new legislation, and "weaken" support for her proposal.

The full FT report is available here.


Katherine Clark