A federal judge has ruled that the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust lawsuit against Facebook may continue. The company had submitted an application to dismiss the case, but the judge rejected it. p>
READ MORE FTC: Facebook was in bad business, so it illegally "bought or buried" the competition. However, the facts allegedly bolstering these theories are much stronger and more accurate this time, especially in the case of the accused's alleged monopoly lines.
The FTC argues that Facebook (now known as the meta) used a "buy and bury" strategy to stifle competition on social media. In particular, it claims that Facebook has acquired both Instagram and WhatsApp to prevent it from introducing new features to large user databases that could challenge the Facebook platform.
Boasberg found that the FTC has cleared "demand tape" and "buy and bury" fee tape. In support of these claims, he points to the fact that Facebook initially intended to compete directly with Instagram before deciding to purchase the app, a move that reduced competition in the market. He wrote: "The FTC's claims that Facebook cut its mobile sharing app after it was acquired and eventually shut down are consistent with the claim that consumers will have a better and broader market for services to choose from." /p>
The judge also noted that Facebook followed the same path in the face of competition from WhatsApp. He said the company briefly tried to compete with WhatsApp before deciding to buy it. Boasberg also noted that Zuckerberg wrote in 2012 that "the biggest concern is messaging. WhatsApp is ahead of us in messaging, just as Instagram is ahead of us in photos...if we can capture it." We will pay them a billion dollars. dollars. Two years later, Facebook bought the messenger for $19 billion. He failed to convince the judge to continue his other claim — that Facebook used its policies to stifle competition by restricting access to its APIs. The judge noted that Facebook abandoned the policies in 2018. He has not implemented it since 2013. The judge noted that in this case, the FTC does not have any legal authority to pursue Facebook based on past behavior.
Further reading Facebook is trying to overcome the FTC's complaint by firing the head of Lina Khan ...because he claimed to have entered into a position with pre-existing opinions about the company's behavior.Antitrust allegations against Facebook.
According to Boasberg, several cases have been buried. Advice suggests that he may be open-minded when evaluating Facebook's alleged anti-behaviour. to competition and whether it has affected consumers. "The emergence of federal laws addressing various privacy concerns and the advertising of consumer technology is consistent with the intuitive idea that consumers care about these issues and may prefer stronger support for their services [social networking]," he wrote. Give ».
In other words, the fact that Congress debates such a law shows that people care about these issues, even if people continue to use descriptive products. p>
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