Apple and Google to be Probed by U.K. Market Regulators

Concerns have been raised as to whether the pair are abusing their control.

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Apple and Google are set to be investigated by the U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) over fears the pair are abusing their control and treating its customers unfairly.

According to reports, the CMA will be “taking a closer look” at their operating systems in Android and iOS, both app stores and their web browsers in a bid to investigate whether the pair are “stifling competition across a range of digital markets”.

This, though, is just the latest probe into the two companies, following a number of similar investigations already being launched in the U.K., as well as the U.S. and across Europe.

This latest announcement spotlighted whether either Apple or Google has market power of businesses, namely app developers which rely heavily on their app stores.

“Apple and Google control the major gateways through which people download apps or browse the web on their mobiles – whether they want to shop, play games, stream music or watch TV,” CMA chief executive Andrea Coscelli told the BBC.

“We’re looking into whether this could be creating problems for consumers and the businesses that want to reach people through their phones”.

In other news, it’s been announced that the original source code for the World Wide Web is going on sale as an NFT.

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