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EU investigates Apple, Google and Meta's compliance with law on digital markets

25 March, 2024 Monday
19:08

The European Union has launched an investigation into how Apple, Google, and Meta are complying with the EU's Digital Markets Act, which aims to limit the companies' influence

Bloomberg reports.

The European Commission has announced that the first investigations under the EU Digital Markets Act (DMA) will focus on the App Store rules of Apple and Google. In particular, the EC seeks to determine how Google's search results may unfairly favor its own services, as well as how Apple may make it difficult for users to choose alternatives to the Safari browser.

Meta's new Instagram and Facebook subscription fees will also come under investigation.

"We suspect that the proposed solutions put forward by the three companies do not fully comply with the DMA," said Margrethe Vestager, head of the EU competition authority. At the same time, she emphasized that the investigations concern serious cases.

In case of violation of the law, companies face a fine of up to 10% of their global revenue, and if the violation is repeated, up to 20%.

  • On March 4, the European Commission fined Apple €1.8 billion for abusing its dominant position in the market for music streaming software.
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