Facebook outage reveals want for extra gamers, EU’s Vestager says

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BRUSSELS, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Facebook’s (FB.O) six-hour outage yesterday reveals the repercussions fn counting on only a few huge gamers and underscores the necessity for extra rivals, EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager stated on Tuesday.

The outage prevented the corporate’s 3.5 billion customers from accessing its social media and messaging providers akin to WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger, the biggest ever tracked by net monitoring group Downdetector. learn extra

Droves of customers switched to competing apps akin to Twitter and TikTok on Monday. Several Facebook staff who declined to be named informed Reuters that they believed that the outage was attributable to an inner mistake in how web visitors is routed to its methods.

The incident confirmed the necessity for extra competitors, Vestager stated on Twitter.

“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,” she tweeted.

Vestager final yr proposed draft guidelines often called the Digital Markets Act (DMA) that units out a listing of dos and don’ts for Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google that in essence will power them to vary their core enterprise mannequin to permit extra competitors.

EU lawmakers and EU international locations are actually debating their very own proposals and might want to reconcile the three drafts earlier than the tech guidelines come into power.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee, modifying by Louise Heavens

European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager speaks during a news conference on a competition sector inquiry at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium June 9, 2021. John Thys/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo