WhatsApp to Provide Cross-Platform Messaging to Abide by EU Rules: Earlier, the EU enforced DMA (Digital Markets Act) on major tech giants such as Microsoft, Google, Byte Dance, and so on to ensure fair competition and protect user privacy. WhatsApp’s move to provide cross-platform messaging aligns with the EU’s objective of fostering a level playing field in the tech industry while promoting seamless communication for users across different platforms.
Cross-Platform Messaging of WhatsApp
WhatsApp users will be able to converse with people by using Telegram and Signal through the cross-platform messaging feature. According to WABetaInfo, With the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 18.104.22.168 update, which is available on the Google Play Store, we discovered that WhatsApp is working on complying with the new regulations of the European Union.
This update aims to ensure that WhatsApp is in line with the EU’s regulations on data privacy and protection. By implementing these changes, WhatsApp aims to enhance user trust and maintain interoperability.
To enable interoperability with external messaging platforms, the EU Markets Act, or DMA, has imposed stringent restrictions on “gatekeeper” tech companies, including Alphabet, Amazon, Meta, ByteDance, Apple, and Microsoft.
Additionally, the DMA requires these “gatekeeper” companies to provide access to their services and data to other businesses, ensuring a level playing field for all participants in the digital ecosystem.
Meta-owned platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp are also under fire from the DMA’s strict regulations, as they are considered “gatekeeper” companies due to their significant market power and influence. However, Apple argues that iMessage is primarily used by SMS customers and does not serve as a dominant communication channel for the general public.
Despite this, the DMA asserts with Cross-Platform Messaging that it is large enough to compete with other messaging platforms and ought to be subject to the same rules. With respect to the EU regulations, Microsoft and Meta have already complied with the requirements. 4
Furthermore, it is speculated that they will make necessary changes to their messaging platforms to ensure compliance.
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