The message is clear: Facebook needs competition

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The message is clear: Facebook needs competition

This week’s global crash highlights the risks associated with monopolies, say politicians and experts

Jennifer Ryan and Aoife White

Facebook’s worldwide crash exposed the risks of relying on its social networking products, bolstering European regulators’ drive to contain its reach just as a US whistleblower’s testimony threatens to attract more unwanted scrutiny at home.

While Europe awoke to find Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger services back online, the scale of Monday’s blackout quickly led to criticism. The EU’s antitrust chief and digital tsar, Margrethe Vestager, said the Facebook failure would focus minds on the company’s dominance. 

“It’s always important that people have alternatives and choices. This is why we work on keeping digital markets fair and contestable,” Vestager said. “An outage as we have seen shows that it’s never good to rely only on a few big players, whoever they are.”..

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