A US judge on January 11 allowed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to proceed with its antitrust lawsuit against Meta (formerly Facebook). FTC first filed a lawsuit against Facebook in December 2020, but that was dismissed last June as the Commission had not adequately backed up its claim that Facebook had a monopoly. The FTC then filed an amended complaint in August 2021. In his memorandum opinion released yesterday, District of Columbia Judge James Boasberg accepted the amended complaint and wrote: "Second time lucky? The Federal Trade Commission’s first antitrust suit against Facebook, Inc. stumbled out of the starting blocks, as this Court dismissed the Complaint [...] The FTC has [now] filed an Amended Complaint containing significant additions and revisions aimed at addressing the shortcomings identified in the Court’s prior Opinion." Boasberg, however, added that FTC may "well face a tall task down the road in proving its allegations." What does the FTC lawsuit seek? The lawsuit argues that Facebook has long had a monopoly in the market for Personal Social Networking (PSN) services and it has unlawfully maintained this monopoly by: Acquiring competitors: Acquiring competitors and potential competitors like Instagram and WhatsApp that posed a threat to Facebook's monopoly Preventing interoperability: Enforcing policies that prevent interoperability between Facebook and other apps that were viewed as nascent threats. Read: FTC Sues To Break Up Facebook Again, With More Data To Back Monopoly Argument The lawsuit seeks Facebook's divestment in Instagram and WhatsApp; the former is how the company was able to stay relevant after social media went mobile,…
US FTC’s second attempt to break up Facebook allowed to proceed, here’s why
Amended to include more details, the FTC lawsuit was found to sufficiently outline Facebook’s alleged monopoly.
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