Dutch watchdog ACM to investigate Google Play Store practices

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AMSTERDAM, May 4 (Reuters) – The Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) announced on Wednesday a preliminary investigation into alphabet inc. (GOOGL.O) Google for possible anti-competitive practices in its Play Store.

Dating app provider The Matchgroup has asked the regulator to assess whether Google is abusing its dominant position.

Dating app providers would no longer be able to use a payment system other than Google’s payment system. Additionally, dating apps claim they are no longer allowed to refer to other payment methods,” ACM spokesperson Murco Mijnlieff said in an email.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Reporting by Charlotte Van Campenhout

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