Following years of conversations with the regulator, the German cartel office reported that Meta plans to introduce a new overview for users of its platforms Facebook and Instagram in an effort to satisfy antitrust concerns.
Users will be able to choose “a largely free and informed decision” about whether they want to use accounts like Instagram and Facebook jointly or separately using Meta’s accounts hub, the office added.
According to a Meta spokeswoman, the revised Meta account summary “shows more transparently how our services work together and gives people more control over these features.”
The company would continue to cooperate with the authority in a positive way, the representative said.
The cartel office attempted to prevent Meta, then Facebook, from fusing user data from several sources without users’ agreement in 2019.
Years of legal struggle followed this. In July, the supreme court of the European Union is anticipated to offer its opinion.
The cartel office referred to a previous account management tool provided by Meta as “seriously deficient” and claimed it did not provide consumers with information in a balanced or transparent manner.
The office claimed that because its most recent evaluation was based on criteria created in 2019, it was impossible to rule out the possibility that stricter measures would be required to comply with German competition law.
Germany is closely monitoring Meta after the regulator classified it as having “paramount significance for competition across markets,” a designation that allows the regulator additional latitude to restrain the market dominance of digital corporations.