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Facebook private messaging has 'degree of freedom from competitive constraint,' Australian report finds

By Laurel Henning
  • 22 Oct 2020 20:57
  • 22 Oct 2020 20:57
Facebook has a degree of freedom from competitive constraints in the supply of its standalone private-messaging services such as Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp, Australia’s competition watchdog has said.

In a new report published today (see here), the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, or ACCC, said Apple and Facebook are the largest providers

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Laurel Henning

Senior Correspondent

Laurel is a senior correspondent specializing in competition law, data privacy and security, in Australia and New Zealand. Laurel reports from Sydney on criminal-cartel legislation and white-collar crime, as well as competition and consumer lawsuits involving companies including Google, Meta Platforms and Apple. While at MLex Laurel has also reported boardroom disputes and shareholder campaigns agitating for changes to company strategy. Laurel joined MLex in 2013 and reported for five years on European energy and climate policies from Brussels. In that time, Laurel covered the regulation of emissions and technological developments pertaining to the energy sector within the EU, as well as the Paris agreement in 2015. A graduate of the University of Liverpool, Laurel studied English and French before beginning a career in journalism with MLex.

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