EU says several Apple, Microsoft platforms don't qualify as gatekeepers

EU Commission said some Apple and Microsoft services should not be designated as 'gatekeepers', subjecting them to obligations under EU rules

The EU Commission on Tuesday said several service platforms provided by Apple and Microsoft should not be designated as ‘gatekeepers’, which would make them subject to onerous obligations under EU rules.

The commission said an investigation opened in September had shown Apple’s iMessage and Microsoft’s online search engine Bing, web browser Edge and online advertising service Microsoft Advertising should not be designated as gatekeepers.

The decisions do not affect “in any way” the designation of Apple and Microsoft as gatekeepers as regards their other core platform services, the commission said.

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