The Indian Competition Authority clears a mobile application from tying allegations (Harshita Chawla / Whatsapp)

The Competition Commission of India (CCI), the country’s judicial authority for competition matters rendered decision in the case of Harshita Chawla v. WhatsApp Inc. and ors [1] in August, 2020 wherein it inter-alia cleared the mobile messaging service, WhatsApp Inc. from allegations of abuse of dominance. Harshita Chawla (Informant) raised concerns about the conduct of opponent parties, (OPs) namely WhatsApp Inc. (OP-1) and Facebook Inc. (OP-2) under the Competition Act, 2002 (hereafter referred as ‘the Act’). The allegations of abuse stemmed from automatic installation of WhatsApp’s Payment App ‘WhatsApp Pay’, tied with the installation of its Messenger App. It was alleged that OP-1 would be abusing its dominant position for promoting and popularising the payment application. This

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Varsha Goel, The Indian Competition Authority clears a mobile application from tying allegations (Harshita Chawla / Whatsapp), 18 August 2020, e-Competitions August 2020, Art. N° 96673

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