Neutrality of Online Platforms- A Novel Concern

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"Apart from the regular anti-trust concerns in India like predatory pricing and big data dominance, the one issue which has not been given adequate attention by Competition Authorities is the Neutrality of Digital Platforms, particularly the exchange markets. They integrate across various business lines in a manner that they function both as sellers of goods, as well as platform for selling others’ goods. The current framework is unequipped to deal with this kind of structural dominance, which is why there is a need for reforms to keep the markets open and contestable. The present paper discusses this anti-trust issue by giving various instances from Indian Competition law, its long term economic impact on the market, the present legal framework along with suggestions to counter the same.