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Facebook outage shows more players are needed: EU Antitrust Chief Margaret Vestager

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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 blocked the company’s 3.5 billion users from accessing its social media and messaging services such as WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger, the largest ever tracked by web monitoring group DownDetector.

Crowds of users turned to competing apps like Twitter and TikTok 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 incident 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 sets out a list of do’s and don’ts for Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, which will briefly allow them to become their main clients. Will force the business model to change. 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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