TikTok’s attempt to disrupt DMA antitrust rules rejected by an EU court

TikTok’s attempt to disrupt DMA antitrust rules rejected by an EU court

The court rejected TikTok’s attempt to stop the European Union from classifying it as “gatekeepers” — companies with platforms powerful enough that they must follow the strict antitrust rules of the Digital Markets Act (DMA). Bloomberg The EU General Court has reportedly rejected owner ByteDance’s request for an interim measure that would have given TikTok more time to implement regulations, finding that the company “failed to demonstrate the urgency” required.

Although TikTok is appealing the EU gatekeeper appointment, the bloc has yet to reach a final decision on the appeal. ByteDance requested an interim measure in December so that it would not have to comply with regulations before the EU decides the outcome of the appeal. Today’s decision is a rejection of this request, which means that TikTok will have to at least temporarily comply with the DMA rules that will come into force in March, even if the EU later decides to approve the appeal.

“ByteDance has not shown that there is a real risk of disclosing confidential information or that such a risk would result in serious and irreparable harm,” the judges said.

TikTok’s gatekeeper status means the platform will join other big tech companies such as Apple, Meta, Amazon and Google in making a series of changes for EU users, including allowing third-party companies to access its services and requiring approval for personalized ads. It also means multi-million euro fines for TikTok and all other gatekeeping companies, if they violate DMA rules. (For a full account of Big Tech’s ongoing battle with the EU over direct market access (DMA), check out our StoryStream.)

A TikTok spokesperson said: “While we are disappointed by the decision, we look forward to hearing the merits of our case on an urgent basis.” Bloomberg.

TikTok received more bad news from Europe on Friday in the form of a separate EU investigation into its content moderation rules for minors. Bloomberg It is also reported. A source familiar with the investigation said the probe, which will be conducted under the EU’s new Digital Services Act (DSA), arose out of concerns that the changes TikTok made to comply with the DSA were not sufficient to protect underage users. News outlet.

Last year, TikTok made a series of changes for its EU users directly in response to the DSA, including no longer serving personalized ads to minors based on their activities on the platform.

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