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Opened consultation on Competition Commission Media and Digital Platforms Market Inquiry

On 17 March 2023, the Competition Commission of South Africa launched the Media and Digital Platforms Market Inquiry and opened a public consultation on its scope and objectives until 20 April 2023. The inquiry will focus on the distribution of news content produced by media companies on digital platforms and the news aggregation services provided by the platforms. In particular, the Commission aims to investigate whether the practices employed by the platforms to distribute news content distort, impede or restrict competition. The digital platforms that would be investigated include search engines, social media platforms, news aggregator websites and applications, video-sharing platforms and generative AI services, such as ChatGPT. Furthermore, the Commission will investigate the South African news media companies' interaction and dependency on digital platforms as a distributor, intermediary and link to online users for content distribution and the impact that the relationship has on the news media companies' ability to aggregate, create display and monetise the content created.

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Scope

Policy Area
Competition
Policy Instrument
Unilateral conduct regulation
Regulated Economic Activity
platform intermediary: user-generated content
Implementation Level
national
Government Branch
executive
Government Body
competition authority

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2023-03-17
in consultation

On 17 March 2023, the Competition Commission of South Africa launched the Media and Digital Platfor…

2023-04-20
processing consultation

On 20 April 2023, the public consultation closed on the Competition Commission of South Africa Medi…

2023-09-15
adopted

On 15 September 2023, the South African Competition Commission published the final Terms of Referen…