X, TikTok, Booking.com: Facing the EU Hammer?

X, TikTok, Booking.com: Facing the EU Hammer?

Elon Musk’s X social media platform, TikTok owner ByteDance, and Booking.com could soon be Facing the EU Hammer as they meet the criteria set by the European Commission. The Digital Markets Act (DMA) identifies companies with over 45 million monthly active users and a market capitalization exceeding 75 billion euros as gatekeepers, providing core platform services for business users.

These companies may now be subject to tough tech rules, such as ensuring their messaging apps interoperate with competitors and allowing users to choose which apps to pre-install on their devices, among other obligations, starting from March 7. Gatekeepers are also prohibited from favoring their own services over competitors’ or preventing users from removing pre-installed software or apps. The European Commission has 45 working days to decide whether to officially designate these companies as gatekeepers, and will consider any arguments put forward by the companies to challenge this designation.

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ByteDance was previously labeled a gatekeeper in July last year, with TikTok challenging this decision at Europe’s second-highest court. It remains uncertain which other ByteDance services could be considered core platform services under the DMA. Additionally, Booking.com anticipated being included in the gatekeeper group this year due to its expanding user base. Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta, and Microsoft were all designated as gatekeepers last year.”

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