FTC Sues Facebook, Alleges Illegal Monopolization

FTC Sues Facebook, Alleges Illegal Monopolization

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The FTC has sued Facebook alleging the company has taken anticompetitive steps to maintain a social networking monopoly.

Following a lengthy investigation in cooperation with a coalition of attorneys general of 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam, the complaint alleges that Facebook has engaged in a systematic strategy—including its 2012 acquisition of up-and-coming rival Instagram, its 2014 acquisition of the mobile messaging app WhatsApp, and the imposition of anticompetitive conditions on software developers—to eliminate threats to its monopoly. This course of conduct harms competition, leaves consumers with few choices for personal social networking, and deprives advertisers of the benefits of competition.

The FTC is seeking a permanent injunction in federal court that could, among other things: require divestitures of assets, including Instagram and WhatsApp; prohibit Facebook from imposing anticompetitive conditions on software developers; and require Facebook to seek prior notice and approval for future mergers and acquisitions.

“Personal social networking is central to the lives of millions of Americans,” said Ian Conner, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. “Facebook’s actions to entrench and maintain its monopoly deny consumers the benefits of competition. Our aim is to roll back Facebook’s anticompetitive conduct and restore competition so that innovation and free competition can thrive.”

Facebook has issued a preliminary statement on the lawsuit:

We're reviewing the complaints & will have more to say soon. Years after the FTC cleared our acquisitions, the government now wants a do-over with no regard for the impact that precedent would have on the broader business community or the people who choose our products every day.

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FTC Sues Facebook, Alleges Illegal Monopolization

McApple1 - December 11, 2020 at 9:49pm
Can’t wait to get contact info of many students I went with at school w/ my relatives and quit facecrook!
1reader - December 9, 2020 at 11:23pm
Very good. Very good... let them suffer