Google criticises EU charges as 'wide of the mark'

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Google dismissed European Union charges that it abused its dominant position as Europe's top search engine, downplaying its role as gatekeeper of the Internet.

"While Google may be the most used search engine, people can now find and access information in numerous different ways - and allegations of harm, for consumers and competitors, have proved to be wide of the mark," the California-based company said on its official blog.