Topic: GAFA

Google faces complaint in Russia over YouTube terms

A Russian public interest group has accused Google of abusing its dominance in the market for social network video hosting by arbitrarily blocking accounts and using an opaque algorithm to determine which results appear on its YouTube service.

14 December 2020

FTC turns to rusty breakup tool in Facebook suit, experts say

The Federal Trade Commission’s lawsuit seeking to unwind past Facebook acquisitions utilises a policy tool that competition agencies have been too reluctant to use over the past few decades, some antitrust experts have argued.

14 December 2020

Czech platform demands €345 million from Google in antitrust damages

An online search platform in the Czech Republic is seeking compensation from Google for allegedly abusing its dominance in the Czech market for devices and application stores using the Android operating system.

10 December 2020

Germany launches new Facebook probe

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has opened a new investigation into Facebook to determine whether it has abused its dominance by forcing users of its Oculus virtual reality products to set up an account with its main social media platform.

10 December 2020

FTC and state AGs seek Facebook breakup in monopolisation suits

Facebook illegally maintained its monopoly power over personal social network services through anticompetitive mergers and exclusionary conduct, the Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of state enforcers said in separate lawsuits filed on Wednesday.

10 December 2020

Sims: enforcers can learn from Asian counterparts on digital issues

Western enforcers should pay more attention to how agencies in Asia are fighting the anticompetitive conduct of large technology companies, the head of Australia’s competition authority has said.

08 December 2020

Facebook users turn House report, academic’s research into monopolisation case

A new lawsuit alleges that Facebook acquired and maintained monopolies over markets for social media and social networks by deceiving users about how much of their personal data it was tracking.

07 December 2020

Judge Mehta: DOJ’s protective order “raises due process concerns” for Google

Google’s due process rights may be violated if its in-house attorneys are denied broad access to documents third parties submitted to the Department of Justice during the agency’s antitrust probe of the technology company, the federal judge presiding over the case has said.

03 December 2020

Dutch enforcer finds big tech is encroaching on payments sector

The Dutch competition authority has recommended that the European Commission use its proposed new gatekeeper rules to prevent large technology companies from dominating the payments market.

01 December 2020

Google offers behavioural fix in Australia for Fitbit deal

Google has offered not to use certain data collected through its wearable devices for advertising purposes for 10 years to allay concerns that its proposed acquisition of health tracking company Fitbit would harm competition.

30 November 2020

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