EU Commission launches probe into Apple, Google, and Meta with potential for substantial fines

The EU has launched an investigation into three American tech giants, Apple, Alphabet’s Google and Meta Platforms, to determine if they have breached the EU’s digital market regulation. This is the first probe under the new regulation that allows authorities to impose fines of up to 10% of a company’s global turnover for non-compliance.

The companies under scrutiny include Google Play and Apple’s App Store, as well as Google’s search engine practices and Apple’s browser preferences. Additionally, Meta’s payment models for Instagram and Facebook are also being investigated.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager stated that the companies’ practices do not fully comply with the Digital Market Act while Commissioner Thierry Breton emphasized that the investigations should not come as a surprise to the companies. Meta and Google have stated their commitment to complying with the regulation while Apple has defended its operating methods.

The EU Commission plans to examine other aspects of the companies’ practices to ensure fair competition in the digital market. Despite their responses, the Commission remains focused on enforcing the regulations outlined in the Digital Market Act.

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