Meta accused of breaching EU antitrust rules over ad-supported subscription service

Source: CNBC

“Facebook parent company Meta was on Monday accused by EU regulators of failing to comply with the bloc’s landmark antitrust rules over its recently introduced ad-supported social networking service. The Commission labelled the ad-supported subscription option a ‘pay or consent’ model — which means users have to either pay to use Meta’s platforms ad-free, or consent to their data being processed for personalized advertising. The service was introduced for Facebook and Instagram in Europe last year. … Meta introduced the new model in response to a ruling from the European Court of Justice, the EU’s top court, last year that a company may offer an ‘alternative’ version of its service that does not rely on data collection for ads.” (07/01/24)