Topic: Digital markets

WhatsApp defends threat to remove covid-19 chatbot

Privacy concerns justify WhatsApp’s threat to ban a South African digital messaging service from using its platform to spread government-issued messages about the coronavirus pandemic, counsel to WhatsApp and Facebook has argued.

18 January 2021

SAMR keeps pressure on digital sector with Vipshop probe

China’s competition watchdog has launched an investigation into Tencent-backed e-commerce platform Vipshop “for suspected unfair competition”.

18 January 2021

Epic Games files new claims against Apple and Google in UK

Epic Games has asked the UK’s specialist competition tribunal to censure Apple and Google for removing its Fortnite game from their app stores, as part of a new claim that closely mirrors those it has already filed in the US and Australia.

15 January 2021

Google pushes through Fitbit deal without approval in Australia and US

Google has closed its US$2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit despite ongoing antitrust reviews in Australia and the US.

15 January 2021

Narrow relevant market colours Singaporean Uber decision

As the debate on defining relevant markets in the digital economy continues – especially vis-à-vis traditional incumbents – Singapore’s competition agency and specialist appellate body have taken a narrow approach in the transportation sector.

15 January 2021

Facebook accused of illegally banning coronavirus messaging service from WhatsApp

An online “chatbot” that uses WhatsApp to send covid-19 updates and test results to South Africans has asked the Competition Tribunal of South Africa for an emergency injunction to stop Facebook kicking it off the platform.

13 January 2021

Facebook hit with interim measures over WhatsApp data policy

Turkey’s antitrust watchdog has banned Facebook from using WhatsApp user data to boost its other services as the agency probes whether the company’s recently-announced new data merging policy infringes competition law.

12 January 2021

China reportedly censoring coverage of Alibaba probe

The Chinese government has reportedly directed local media to censor reporting on an ongoing antitrust probe into concerns that Alibaba forces merchants to exclusively use the platform to distribute their products.

12 January 2021

Conservative media site Parler alleges Amazon cut off its services to aid Twitter

Social media site Parler has alleged Amazon illegally cut off access to its web-hosting services in an effort to harm a competitive threat to Twitter.

12 January 2021

CMA admits potential errors in merger block

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has said it will reassess the already-completed merger between two investment platform software providers after acknowledging it may have made calculation errors when ordering the companies to unwind the deal.

11 January 2021

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