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

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Thibault Schrepel

University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne; VU University Amsterdam; Stanford University's Codex Center; Sciences Po

Date Written: January 25, 2021

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Schrepel, Thibault, Platforms or Aggregators: Implications for Digital Antitrust Law (January 25, 2021). Oxford Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, 2021, Vol. 12, No. 1, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3772697

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