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Facebook times getting harder in Europe

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Germany will enforce European law against Facebook if it combines its Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram messaging services into a unified platform that would amount to a “monopoly,” according to the country’s justice minister.

“This [plan to merge messaging services] raises major questions about antitrust and data protection,” Katarina Barley, a Social Democrat, said in a written statement emailed to POLITICO, adding that “there is no question that we will enforce European law” if the company proceeds with such plans.

Barley, whose portfolio includes consumer protection, has repeatedly called for new laws that force messengers such as WhatsApp, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014, to allow cross-messaging with other services — a concept known as “interoperability.”

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