Topic: Online platforms

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

China fines Alibaba and Tencent subsidiary for not disclosing deals

China’s competition watchdog has fined Alibaba, Tencent subsidiary China Literature and SF Express subsidiary Hive Box for failing to notify three separate deals.

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

Ex-FTC officials anticipate more focus on acquisitions of nascent competitors

Former Federal Trade Commission officials have said they expect the US antitrust agencies to focus more on deals involving the acquisition of a nascent competitor, particularly in the technology sector.

11 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

Lawmakers and advocacy groups respond to Facebook lawsuits

As the antitrust community digests separate lawsuits filed against Facebook by the Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of state enforcers, GCR USA has compiled reactions from various members of Congress and advocacy groups.

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

CMA calls for mandatory notification of tech deals

The UK’s competition watchdog has advised the government to implement a new mandatory merger notification regime for powerful tech companies that have “strategic market status”.

08 December 2020

New competition tool will be “more targeted” than CMA powers, Vestager says

The European Commission’s new competition tool will be less powerful than the UK antitrust enforcer’s market investigations regime, EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has said.

07 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

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