April 16, 2024

The EU is taking one other take a look at Apple’s iMessage, in addition to Microsoft’s Bing, to see if these providers needs to be regulated by the Digital Markets Act (DMA).

The EU rolled out the DMA in an effort to control Huge Tech and stage the taking part in area for small rivals. The DMA requires gatekeeper firms to make their providers interoperable with these of rivals.

Apple and Microsoft initially argued — efficiently — that their providers didn’t have sufficient customers within the EU to cross the edge the place they’d fall below the DMA. In line with Reuters, nonetheless, the EU Fee is asking Apple and Microsoft’s customers and rivals whether or not their providers ought to fall below the DMA in spite of everything.

If Apple’s iMessage is discovered to be a gatekeeper service, it might power Apple to make iMessage interoperable with providers like Sign, WhatsApp, and Google’s RCS messaging.