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TikTok asks EU court to suspend EU gatekeeper label until its ruling

EU flag and TikTok logo are seen in this illustration taken, June 2, 2023. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

TikTok, which the Chinese giant ByteDance owns, has requested that the European Court of Justice, the second highest court in Europe, delay its classification as a gatekeeper under the stringent new EU technology regulations until judges rule on its case against the label.

TikTok and other designated gatekeepers, including Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O), Google, Meta Platforms (META.O), Apple (AAPL.O), Amazon (AMZN.O), and Microsoft (MSFT.O), are required by the Digital Markets Act (DMA) to ensure that their messaging applications are compatible with those of their competitors and to allow users to independently select which applications they want to pre-install on their devices.

There is a prohibition on them favoring their services over those of their competitors or preventing consumers from deleting software or applications that have been pre-installed.

Earlier this month, TikTok complained about the European Union’s decision at the General Court in Luxembourg. The company said that the designation might potentially undermine the DMA’s purpose of protecting gatekeepers from emerging rivals such as itself.

According to a spokeswoman, we have applied temporary measures.

The court must meet a very high standard to approve temporary measures. To demonstrate that the situation is urgent and that they would suffer irreparable harm without an interim solution, businesses must offer evidence.

A lawsuit has also been filed against the Commission by Meta and Apple about their gatekeeper position.

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