What could be better than getting involved in even the smallest details at the controls of power? Regulate, prohibit, control, prescribe, instruct, redirect, re-educate and set goals: it has always been possible to believe that this alone drives the EU. Now the digital economy is being held in check. The fact that there are successful players with popular products on the market while other providers are less successful obviously bothers the EU, and it likes the idea of ​​bringing global corporations to their knees.

Now the two messengers Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger, both from Meta, have to open their platforms to other services. For what reason? Apparently it's about more competition. This already exists. If you want to write to someone without WhatsApp, you can install Signal, Threema, Telegram, Delta Chat, Olvid or whatever for free in less than five minutes. It's no hassle, and most smartphone users use more than just one messenger anyway.

No one needs what the EU is now stipulating, and no one has asked for it. But it gets even worse: While the two Meta subsidiaries are being forced to carry out huge renovation work on their platforms, it is already clear that none of the smaller providers will support the exchange option with Whatsapp. Meta is therefore forced to open interfaces and build docking options that remain unused. Unless the EU uses coercion again. Signal and Threema argue that the security of end-to-end encryption is jeopardized and data protection falls by the wayside. So the conclusion of this bureaucratic forced happiness comes to mind once again: If they had done nothing, it would have been better, cheaper and safer.