Court Dismisses Facebook Antitrust Suits, But Says FTC Case Could Be Revived

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Analysis court in Washington, M. C. has dismissed a pair of antitrust legal cases brought against Facebook by Federal Trade Fee and 48 state attorneys common — but still left open the possibility that the FTC could revive its situation. The lawsuits allege that will Facebook has illegally stifled competition to maintain its social media monopoly, driving down “the quality and variety of personal privacy options” available to users (among other harms). But Assess James E. Boasberg dominated that the FTC and lawyers general had waited a long time to challenge aspects of Facebook’s Instagram and WhatsApp purchases, and that the FTC acquired failed to adequately define the particular social networking “market” in which Fb exercises monopoly power. Determine Boasberg noted that the FTC may be able to correct the latter concern in an amended complaint plus move forward with its case. LEGENDARY has long advised the Government Trade Commission to obstruct or unwind Facebook’s purchases of Instagram and WhatsApp. In 2014, EPIC as well as the Center for Digital Democracy warned the FTC that Fb incorporates user data through companies it acquires, which WhatsApp users objected to the acquisition . In spite of these problems, the FTC allowed the merger to visit forward.

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