Antitrust lawsuits seek solutions that may include forced sale of WhatsApp and Instagram
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 46 American states have filed lawsuits in which they accuse Facebook of violating antitrust rules and ask for penalties that could include the forced split of the social media group.
The FTC said Facebook was involved in what can be described as “a systematic strategy to eliminate threats to its monopoly”. The official mentions in the process the acquisitions of WhatsApp and Instagram by the social media company in 2012 and 2014, respectively. The company was also accused by the FTC of deliberately suspending its services to rival developers.
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