EU: Microsoft and Google Accept ‘Access Controllers’ Status

Microsoft and Google will not challenge European legislation requiring them to make their messaging apps compatible with those of their competitors and to let users decide which apps to pre-install on their devices.

In September, the European Commission designated 22 platforms belonging to six digital giants as “gatekeepers”, under the DMA regulation (for “Digital Markets Act”) on digital markets, thus subjecting them to rules more strict.

The DMA regulation will apply to services from Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta, Microsoft and ByteDance, owner of TikTok.

Entities disagreeing with the designation of “gatekeeper” and its requirements have until November 16 to challenge the decision at the EU General Court, based in Luxembourg.

A Google spokesperson said the group would not appeal the decision.

“We accept our designation as ‘gatekeepers’ under the Digital Markets Act and will continue to work with the European Commission to meet the obligations imposed on Windows and LinkedIn under the Markets Act. digital,” said a Microsoft spokesperson.

Amazon, which previously said it would continue to work constructively with the European Commission, declined to comment.

Sources told Reuters that other companies such as TikTok and Meta could file appeals. Meta’s Facebook, Instagram, Marketplace and WhatsApp sites are referred to as “gatekeepers”.

Meta and TikTok declined to comment.

TikTok has previously indicated that it disputes the designation of “gatekeepers”.

Apple did not respond to requests for comment.

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