Meta and TikTok Challenge EU Digital Market Law

Meta and TikTok are challenging the upcoming EU law that will establish new competition rules in the digital marketplace starting March.
Meta TiktokMeta and TikTok are challenging the scope of an upcoming EU law set to be effective from March. The European Commission has identified 22 major online companies, labeling them as “core platform services,” which will face extra scrutiny and obligations under the Digital Markets Act (DMA) to combat anti-competitive practices.

Among the listed brands are popular platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok, along with apps like Google Maps, Amazon Marketplace, and Apple’s AppStore, as well as operating systems iOS, Android, Windows, and Google Search.

Six major tech companies, including Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta, Microsoft, and ByteDance, have been categorized as “gatekeepers” under the Digital Markets Act (DMA), an EU law slated to take effect in March. The DMA, following the Digital Services Act and General Data Protection Regulation, aims to regulate the digital landscape.

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It carries significant penalties, with fines reaching up to 20% of global turnover and the possibility of breaking up companies in severe cases. Meta, particularly regarding Messenger and Facebook Marketplace, has already challenged the DMA, signaling potential future legal disputes and interpretations of the legislation.

Meta, owner of Facebook, is challenging the designation of its Messenger and Facebook Marketplace as “core platform services” under the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The company emphasizes its commitment to DMA compliance but seeks clarification on specific legal points through the appeal. TikTok is also contesting its designation, arguing it is an emerging player facing risks of protection for established gatekeepers.

Both companies are among the 22 “core platform services” subject to additional scrutiny under DMA, with a deadline for legal challenges until Thursday. The DMA requires interoperability, easy app deletion, and addresses preferential search engine results.

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