Topic: Digital markets

CMA opens Phase II investigation into Facebook/Giphy

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has launched an in-depth review into Facebook’s €340 million acquisition of Giphy, after the social media company refused to offer remedies to address the authority’s competition concerns.

01 April 2021

Taboola settles Israeli criminal probe into Outbrain deal

Taboola has agreed to pay €1.2 million to settle the Israeli competition enforcer’s allegations that it illegally concealed its interference with third-party evidence as the authority reviewed its now-abandoned merger with Outbrain.

31 March 2021

Judge Mehta concerned DOJ’s discovery requests may slow down Google case

The judge presiding over the US government’s monopolisation lawsuit against Google has continued to express some unease about the breadth of information the Department of Justice is requesting from the company.

31 March 2021

Epic joins complainants in CMA’s Apple probe

Epic Games has continued its global battle against Apple by filing a complaint with the UK's Competition and Markets Authority, nearly a month after the enforcer launched an investigation into the alleged conduct.

30 March 2021

South African tribunal imposes interim measures on WhatsApp

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has ordered WhatsApp to temporarily refrain from removing an online “chatbot” that uses the messaging application to send covid-19 updates and test results to South Africans.

29 March 2021

Facebook accused of gun-jumping in Austria

Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has alleged that Facebook failed to notify its acquisition of Giphy under national merger control rules aimed at capturing deals in the digital economy.

29 March 2021

Vestager: EU is “rethinking” deals involving nascent competitors

The European Commission is allowing national enforcers to refer deals to it that fall below their own notification thresholds in the hope that this will allow the agency to review more acquisitions of nascent competitors, the EU’s competition commissioner has said.

26 March 2021

Crowdfunding deal collapses after UK challenge

Crowdfunding platforms Seedrs and Crowdcube have called off their proposed tie-up after the UK’s antitrust watchdog said it planned to block the deal.

26 March 2021

WhatsApp’s privacy policy under fire in India

India’s competition watchdog has launched a full abuse of dominance investigation into Facebook-owned WhatsApp over its updated terms of service and privacy policy, which force users to consent to the sharing of their data across the company’s wider ecosystem.

25 March 2021

German court sends Facebook questions to ECJ

The European Court of Justice has been asked to weigh in on the German competition authority’s high-profile Facebook case, after a local court referred several questions to it about the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.

24 March 2021

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