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Apple files legal challenge against EU digital markets law

The Apple logo is displayed atop an Apple store at a shopping center in La Jolla, California, U.S., December 17, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo Acquire License Rights

LONDON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Apple (AAPL.O) has filed a legal challenge challenging decisions made by the European Commission under its recent Digital Markets Act, according to a report shared by the Court of Justice of the European Union on November 17. x.

The strict new legislation targets 22 “gatekeeper” services, run by six technology companies: Microsoft (MSFT.O), Apple (AAPL.O), Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O), Amazon (AMZN.O), Meta and TikTok from ByteDance. .

The legislation aims to make it easier to navigate between competing services, by requiring them to make their messaging apps work with those of their competitors and letting users decide which apps to pre-install on their devices.

Although the details of Apple’s legal challenge have not been made public, Bloomberg News reported last week that the company would challenge the inclusion of its App Store on the gatekeeper list.

Tech giants Meta (META.O) and TikTok had already filed appeals challenging the Commission’s decision to include their services.

In its appeal, Meta said it disagreed with the Commission’s decision to designate its Messenger and Marketplace services under the DMA. He did not dispute the inclusion of Facebook, Whatsapp or Instagram.

Meanwhile, TikTok said its designation risks strengthening the power of dominant tech companies.

“Far from being a gatekeeper, our platform, which has been operating in Europe for just over five years, is undoubtedly the most competent challenger to more established platform activities,” he said.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reporting by Martin Coulter, editing by Louise Heavens

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