Facebook outage shows need for competition - EU

EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager

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# 05 October 2021 20:17 (UTC +04:00)

Facebook's Monday outage that left users unable to access all its services, including WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger, shows the consequences of overly relying on a few big players and highlights the importance of competition, EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said on Tuesday, APA reports citing Teletrader.

The outage comes months after Vestager first proposed the Digital Markets Act (DMA) which laid out a set of guidelines for large tech companies including Facebook, as well as Amazon, Apple and Google, that would alter their business practices in a way that allows for more competition.

"We need alternatives and choices in the tech market, and must not rely on a few big players, whoever they are, that's the aim of (the) DMA," Vestager tweeted.