Internet Giants Like Apple and Google ‘Abuse Their Privileged Position’, Says Spotify CEO

Giant companies like Apple and Alphabet’s Google “can and do abuse their privileged positions,” according to a letter sent to the European Commission by music streaming service Spotify, rival firm Deezer and Rocket Internet, among others. From a report: “Our collective experience is that where online platforms have a strong incentive to turn into gatekeepers because of their dual role, instead of maximizing consumer welfare,” the CEOs wrote. In one part of the letter, the CEOs said examples of platforms turning into gatekeepers include them “restricting access to data or interaction with consumers, biased ranking and search results to lack of clarity, imbalanced terms and conditions and preference of their own vertically integrated services.”

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