combining Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram leads to a monopoly

Jan

31

2019

Germany:

According to the German Minister of Justice Katarina Barley, Facebook’s plan is to provide its chat services Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram with a uniform underlying platform for major competition problems.

Combining his messengers is an attempt to create a monopoly, says Barley in a message to Politico . “This plan raises major questions about competition and data protection,” she says. If Facebook continues its plans, Germany will ‘undoubtedly’ invoke European law on this, she promises.

Barley already called last year that there should be European legislation that obliges Facebook to make its chat services interoperable, for example users of Signal and Threema can send messages to WhatsApp users. The German minister made the comparison with mobile calls by a customer from one provider to a customer from another provider. Technically, this would also be possible for messengers, according to her.

On Thursday , Facebook confirmed that it wants to make the infrastructure behind Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram complete. By using standard end-to-end encryption, the communication would be better secured and merchants on Facebook should be able to get in touch with users of the various services more easily.

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