Competition Commission of India Dismisses Antitrust Case Against WhatsApp

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INTRO: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has dismissed a legal action against Facebook-owned WhatsApp. The order was made public on Tuesday (August 18). Earlier in May, Reuters had reported that the Competition Commission of India was investigating WhatsApp for potential antitrust violations.

The plaintiff had claimed that WhatsApp attempted to abuse its dominance as a messaging platform to raid UPI payments. However, the Competition Commission of India isn’t convinced enough to require any action against WhatsApp.

“As stated by WhatsApp, the number of users being served under the beta version is restricted to but 1% of its users in India. To that extent, the Commission tends to accept as true with WhatsApp that this allegation is premature,” reads the order.

The latest development comes at a time when WhatsApp is facing troubles to proportion its WhatsApp Pay operations. While the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) approved the service in February since the messaging giant reportedly agreed to suits the info localization regulations, the Federal Reserve Bank of India (RBI) informed the Supreme Court it’s not permitted WhatsApp Pay to travel live for full-scale operations earlier this month.

WhatsApp’s ambitious WhatsApp Pay expansion has been facing issues since early 2018. Every time the service got closer to launch, the corporate faced new problems that stopped the service from getting widely launched.

In fact, India isn’t the sole country where WhatsApp Pay is facing hurdles for expanding its operations. WhatsApp had to suspend WhatsApp Pay in Brazil merely every week after it got launched within the country.

 

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