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Thursday, September 11, 2014

WhatsApp in Brussels: Google and Facebook face competition regulators

WhatsApp in Brussels | EurActiv: "EU merger review of Facebook/WhatsApp presents a rare opportunity to start leveling an unbalanced playing field permitting dominant online players to escape appropriate regulation of their far-flung commercial activities. Facebook should be required to provide equivalent access to its dominant social media platform on the part of mobile messaging apps other than WhatsApp, much as Microsoft was compelled to open Windows to browsers other than MS Internet Explorer.  The separate issue of Facebook’s compliance with applicable Data Protection rules begs an interesting question whether merger clearance should be conditioned on strict compliance going forward, in the interest of ensuring fair competition." 'via Blog this'

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