Pre-agreed European law on digital markets can offer messenger developers cross-compatibility. Such measures are taken taking into account the interests of small startups, which find it difficult to compete with giants such as WhatsApp or iMessage – compatibility is provided at the request of the developers themselves.
The European bureaucrats’ statement points out that an eight-hour tripartite meeting of members of the European Parliament, European Commission and European Council has resulted in an agreement – lawmakers recognized that the biggest messengers should open their platforms to third-party services them with more options. Cross-compatibility of social networks will be discussed later.
While the law has yet to be passed, it could force companies like Apple and Meta to do so in the long run* open up their systems previously controlled entirely by tech giants. For example, while the iMessage app currently only works on Apple devices, in the future users will be able to receive messages from Telegram for Android users (and vice versa).
The new rules are scheduled to come into force six months after the Digital Markets Act has been passed by the European Parliament and Council. Experts argue that the lack of cross-compatibility is not due to the lack of technical possibilities – companies can easily provide the appropriate functionality if required.
According to The Verge, an Apple spokesman has already said the law will jeopardize user privacy and security, and local regulations won’t allow fees for intellectual property in which the company invests heavily.
* included in the list of public associations and religious organizations for which the court made a final decision to liquidate or ban activities on grounds specified in Federal Law No. 114-FZ of July 25, 2002 “On Combating Extremist Activities”