Anti-trust officials in South Korea raided local offices of internet giant, Google, on Tuesday, a source familiar with the matter said.
This expands worldwide regulatory pressure on the world’s No. 1 search engine.
Google’s been under investigation by anti-trust authorities in the United States and in Europe.
The source, who asked not to be identified, said officials from the Korean Fair Trade Commission went into Google’s offices in Seoul on Tuesday morning.
Back in May, cameras and journalists were allowed in Google’s office in Seoul after South Korea’s top internet portals filed a complaint with anti-trust regulators.
They alleged Google was unfairly stifling competition in the mobile search market.
On Tuesday, Google issued a statement saying the company doesn’t require manufacturers of mobile phones that use its Android software to include Google applications on the devices.
Google also said it would work with the Korean Fair Trade Commission to address any questions it may have about the company’s business.
Bottom line: Anti-trust officials in South Korea raid Google’s Seoul offices, expanding worldwide regulatory pressure on the internet giant.