Platforms or Aggregators: Implications for Digital Antitrust Law
Oxford Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, 2021, Vol. 12, No. 1
3 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2021
Date Written: January 25, 2021
Tech giants are commonly referred to as ‘platforms’ in our everyday language and academic circles. Some refer to ‘the platform economy’, or the ‘platformization of the Web’. But our legal language requires more nuance as putting all these companies in the same basket has significant drawbacks. With this article, I want to emphasize the importance of distinguishing between platforms and aggregators for antitrust law.
Keywords: antitrust, platform, aggregator, tech giant, big tech
JEL Classification: K21, L12, L22, L20, L40, L41, L44, L50, D11, D20, D85, K24, L10
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