Topic: Digital markets

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

UK warns of another merger block

The UK’s competition watchdog has said it intends to block the tie-up between equity crowdfunding platforms Crowdcube and Seedrs, after its fast-tracked in-depth review found the merged company would hold over 90% of the UK market.

24 March 2021

Apple pushes to pause Australian fight against Epic Games

Apple has urged an Australian court to stay Epic Games’ allegations that it illegally maintains its monopoly over the distribution of apps and in-app payment on its mobile platform while nearly identical claims play out in US court.

23 March 2021

CMA chief economist: DMA will capture more platforms than UK proposals

The UK’s proposed digital regulation will capture fewer online platforms than the EU’s Digital Markets Act, the chief economist of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said.

22 March 2021

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