Meta Rolls Out Detailed Strategy On How It Plans To Combat New EU Competition Rules

It’s no surprise that impressing the EU is never an easy ordeal, especially when you’re a leading tech giant in today’s competitive industry.

Regulators in the European Commission keep rolling out stringent strategies to help ensure Big Tech stays in check and that means restrictions galore.

But Facebook’s parent firm Meta is making sure that it’s ready to tackle all the hurdles being thrown in its direction by responding to the latest set of competition regulations in the best manner and they’re being very transparent about the matter by making sure fairer dealings arise on leading apps.

The DMA was rolled out for six of the world’s leading tech giants which included Meta amongst other leaders.

We saw how the EU dubbed Meta as a ‘gatekeeper’ and listed its top six offerings as core services under the new law. This entailed the Facebook and Instagram apps, advertisement delivery systems, a plethora of messaging options, the WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger apps, and the virtual platform called Marketplace.

But it has to be remembered how the rules in place apply to a wider range of services rolled out by gatekeepers.

So the DMA restricts how such gatekeepers behave in terms of processing the data of users for the sake of advertising. In the same way, the rules also mentioned how gatekeepers can’t link user data between core platform services or with any user information arising from Meta’s other services that it provides or any data given out by third parties either. The only exception is if it provides them with a certain choice and attains consent.

The deadline for such gatekeepers to respect the DMA is March 7th, 2024 and as the date nears, top tech giants are striving and scrambling to do everything that ensures they’re in a dominant position. This means making as many amendments as possible to make the EU happy.

A post was also published by Meta in this regard in terms of how the Tech giant would soon begin rolling out notifications to various users across the region where it is applicable. This gives them more choice in terms of how to use the services more effectively. And one of the top choices included blocking the company from linking data on the Facebook and Instagram apps.

This is a huge deal as it means Facebook can no longer say hello to its goal of sharing data with Instagram and ensure cross-linking between both platforms which has been at the forefront of Meta since day one. After all, they spend billions to invest in the app.

That enabled them to boost the visibility of users' activity through ads as they bought a major arch-rival and got access to the app’s data at the same time.

Users of the company’s leading apps would now be able to see the account separation choices through any existing Account features found.

They hope such changes would better accommodate the DMA that comes into effect this year. Moreover, it suggests these choices will not be alive until the deadline arises for the start of the DMA in March.

Such choices will also ensure Facebook Messenger’s regional users will prevent Meta from using their information. But if they do agree to block the app, they would need to make another Messenger account that generates friction to prevent people from firewalling the messaging actions through social networking on a public level.

Other changes include allowing users on Meta to devise more notable obstacles for blocking them from making use of the app’s gaming endeavors to not having their activity collaborate with their use of the social networking activities by clicking no access to the likes of social gaming.

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