X Corp is playing hardball with SA’s competition authorities, refusing to take part in a public inquiry into how digital channels are affecting traditional media platforms and advertising revenues — drawing sharp criticism from the antitrust watchdog.

The inquiry, which started public hearings on Monday, is designed to examine the impact of digital platforms such as X - which is owned by SA-born tycoon Elon Musk - Facebook and Google on the distribution and monetisation of media content, and whether they have anticompetitive or harmful practices that need to be addressed...

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