Germany Designates Meta For Extra Antitrust Scrutiny

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By Bryan Koenig (May 4, 2022, 6:30 PM EDT) — German antitrust authorities singled out Meta for “extended abuse control” Wednesday under a recent law enabling officials to fast-track enforcement actions for the largest digital platforms, here including cases against the Facebook parent company over combining user data from different sources and linking virtual reality headsets with social media.

As a company deemed to hold “paramount significance for competition across markets,” the Bundeskartellamt, or Federal Cartel Office, said it will be able “to intervene earlier and more effectively against the practices of large digital companies.”

The enforcer has already applied the label to Google and parent company Alphabet under a law…

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