Edition Bloomberg reports that the US government in the coming weeks may accuse Facebook of violating the rules of market competition and take a corresponding claim to court.
Filing a claim requires a joint decision by the five members of the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). As points out Bloomberg, citing an anonymous source close to the case, five FTC members held a meeting on Thursday October 22 to discuss the possibility of a lawsuit against Facebook, but have not yet made a final decision.
For more than a year, the US Federal Trade Commission has been checking information about Facebook’s violation of antitrust laws, including details related to transactions related to Facebook’s acquisition of the social platforms Instagram and WhatsApp. As part of the investigation, in August this year, the FTC committee held a special meeting at which the head of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, was interrogated. The New York State-led company was also investigated by a nationwide commission of state attorneys general.
In early October this year, the Subcommittee on Antitrust Policy of the Judiciary Committee of the US House of Representatives released a 449-page report stating that Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Google are monopolies in the market. According to the speakers, the acquisition of companies such as Instagram and WhatsApp allowed the same Facebook to eliminate potential competitors. It is noted that despite the fact that the FTC in fact checked and approved both transactions, the commission has the right to apply to the court with a demand to review these cases if it suspects a violation of antimonopoly legislation.
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