Four Apple and Microsoft services exempt from DMA

15/02/2024 | EURACTIV

The European Commission has announced that four Apple and Microsoft platform services will not be designated as gatekeepers under the Digital Markets Act (DMA). After conducting an investigation, including taking into account feedback from stakeholders and consultation with the Digital Markets Advisory Committee, the Commission has determined that Apple's messaging service, iMessage, and Microsoft's search engine Bing, browser Edge, and online advertising service, Microsoft Advertising, do not meet the criteria to be classified as gatekeeper services. This decision was made following the examination of rebuttal requests put forth by Apple and Microsoft in September last year.

Meanwhile, Pinsent Masons reports that a legal challenge made to the General Court of the EU Court of Justice in November by Bytedance, the parent company of TikTok, to have its gatekeeper designation suspended under the Digital Markets Act (DMA) has been denied. 

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