The European Commission has launched an investigation into US tech giants Apple, Alphabet’s Google and Meta Platforms to determine whether they have breached EU digital market regulations. This is the first investigation under the new EU regulation, which allows authorities to fine up to 10 percent of a company’s global turnover for non-compliance.

The companies under investigation include Google Play and Apple’s App Store, as well as Google’s browser practices and Apple’s browser settings. The investigation also includes Meta’s payment models for Instagram and Facebook.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the companies’ practices were not fully compliant with the Digital Market Act, while Commissioner Thierry Breton stressed that the investigations should not come as a surprise to companies. Meta and Google have said they are committed to complying with the regulation, while Apple has defended its operating methods.

In addition to this investigation, the EU Commission plans to examine other aspects of companies’ practices to ensure fair competition in the digital market. Despite the companies’ responses, the Commission remains focused on implementing the regulations set forth in the Digital Market Act.

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