The German Competition Authority finds a Big Tech company to be of paramount significance to competition across markets and determines new rules can be applied to control for abuse of dominance (Meta)

New rules apply to Meta (formerly Facebook) – Bundeskartellamt determines its “paramount significance for competition across markets”* The Bundeskartellamt has formally determined the paramount significance for competition across markets of Meta Platforms, Inc., Menlo Park, USA. The toolkit for extended abuse control introduced by the German legislator in early 2021 can thus be applied to Meta. The new provision (Section 19a of the German Competition Act (GWB)) enables the Bundeskartellamt to intervene earlier and more effectively against the practices of large digital companies. If the Bundeskartellamt formally determines that an undertaking is of paramount significance

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German Competition Authority, The German Competition Authority finds a Big Tech company to be of paramount significance to competition across markets and determines new rules can be applied to control for abuse of dominance (Meta), 4 May 2022, e-Competitions May 2022, Art. N° 106601

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