EU hopeful leader Margaret Westerger said on Tuesday that Facebook’s six-hour crash the previous day had consequences for relying on a handful of big players and underscoring the need for more competitors.
The crash blocked the company’s 3.5 billion users from accessing its social media and news services such as WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.
Users’ trousers switched to competing apps like Twitter and TicTac on Monday. Several Facebook employees, who declined to be named, told Reuters that they believed the crash was due to an internal error in how Internet traffic was directed to its systems.
This incident shows that Westager needs more competition on Twitter.
#facebook down Says 2 things:
1 / We need alternatives & choices # Technology Market, and should not rely on a few great players, whoever they are => that is the purpose #DMA
2 / Sometimes, there is nothing better than talking to each other … on the phone or … offline ????
– Margaret Vestager (vestager) October 5, 2021
“We need alternatives and choices in the technology market, and we should not rely on some big players, whoever they are, that’s the purpose of DMA,” he tweeted.
Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google set out a list of do’s and don’ts of draft rules known as the Digital Market Act (DMA), which Vestager proposed last year. Competition
EU lawmakers and EU countries are now discussing their own proposals and will have to compromise on three drafts before the technical rules come into force.
© Thomson Reuters 2021
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