The European Union late Thursday secured agreement on the detail of a major competition reform that will see the most powerful, intermediating tech platforms subject to a set of up-front rules on how they can and cannot operate — with the threat of fines of up to 10% of global annual turnover…
It is massive, but must be interoperable standards, NOT a proprietary API per walled garden…
This is great news.
I think the messaging industry has reached its peak. All niches have been filled already, and no new messenger can pass through. It is the perfect time to do something like this.
Note: By messaging industry, I mean personal messengers like Whatsapp, Messenger, Telegram, and Signal. I believe that Team/Group messengers like Discord, Slack, MS Teams can still be dethroned. None of them checks all the boxes.
Sounds like a law which is going to have tons of loopholes these companies will try to abuse, but getting the basics down is still a huge step.
This is one of those topics where basically everyone agrees that needing to have multiple messengers installed doesn’t bring humanity forward, so putting it into a law is pretty much a no-brainer.
It’s definitely going to be rough.
Well this is more because it stifles competition, the law doesn’t really exist to prevent hassle.
This could be a massive win for XMPP, as it is the international standard for exactly this kind of interoperability and WhatsApp at least is still using something quite close to XMPP with libsignal e2ee.
Shame that WhatsApp is meta, it could’ve been great, so close.
They closed off federation even before Facebook bought them, so I think no big difference.
Ah but it could’ve been close to what signal is now. Better than being a meta product.