Social media giants may soon have to integrate their services under proposed new EU legislation.
This week the Digital Markets Act was unveiled and, if approved by the European Parliament, major changes will need to be made to services offered by tech giants such as Meta and Apple.
For example, iMessages may need to be sent via Meta-owned WhatsApp.
A statement on the law said: “Larger messaging services (such as Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger or iMessage) will need to open up and interact with smaller messaging platforms if requested.
“Users on small or large platforms could then exchange messages, send files or make video calls through messaging apps, giving them more choices.
“As regards the interoperability obligation for social networks, the co-legislators have agreed that these interoperability provisions will be assessed in the future.”
Similarly, Google and Safari web browsers should offer alternatives on their devices.
Apple opposes the law.
In a statement, the iPhone maker admitted it was “concerned that certain provisions of the DMA will create unnecessary privacy and security vulnerabilities for our users.”
This is all part of a crackdown on the operation of Big Tech companies.