Facebook Outage Shows Need for More Players: EU Antitrust Chief Margrethe Vestager


Facebook’s six-hour outage last day reflects the repercussions of relying on some of the big players and underscores the need for more countermeasures, EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said on Tuesday.

The outage affected the company’s 3.5 billion users on its social media and messaging services such as . prevented from reaching WhatsApp, instagram, And Messenger, the largest ever tracked by web monitoring group DownDetector.

A multitude of users have used competing apps such as . switched on Twitter And TIC Toc on Monday. Several Facebook employees, who declined to be named, told Reuters they believed the outage was caused by an internal mistake in how Internet traffic is routed into its systems.

The event showed the need for more competition, vestager said on Twitter.

“We need options and choices in the tech market, and not rely on a few big players, whoever they are, that’s what the DMA aims for,” he tweeted.

Vestager last year proposed draft rules known as the Digital Markets Act (DMA), which stipulates a list of do’s and don’ts for it. heroine, Apple, Facebook, And Google This would in essence force them to change their core business model to allow for more competition.

EU MPs and EU countries are now debating their own proposals and the three draft rules that will need to be reconciled before the technical rules go into effect.

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