Facebook may even be forced to sell Instagram and Whatsapp
Meta asked for the case to be dropped in December, Reuters reported, but Judge James Boasberg rejected the appeal on Tuesday. The FTC filed a similar action, which Boasberg rejected in June.
A federal judge has rejected an attempt by Facebook to block a Federal Trade Commission antitrust lawsuit against the company.
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Judge James Boasberg ruled on Tuesday that the FTC could proceed with an attempt to compel Facebook, now Meta, to sell its subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram. Meta asked for the case to be dropped in December, Reuters reported, but Judge James Boasberg rejected the appeal on Tuesday.
The FTC filed a similar action, which Boasberg rejected in June. Boasberg points out that the FTC did not provide sufficient evidence that Facebook was a monopoly.
The FTC re-filed the case in August, and Boasberg said Tuesday that the case is much better sustained. The New York Times quotes Boasberg as pointing out that the facts provided by the FTC this time are
In a press release, the FTC argued that Facebook entered an and illegally acquired Instagram and WhatsApp to
Meta points out that the judge’s decision rejects only one specific claim about Facebook and that:
a Meta spokesperson told Insider.
“We are confident that the evidence will reveal the weakness of the allegations. Our investments in Instagram and WhatsApp have transformed the platforms into what they are today. It has been good for the competition and good for the people and companies that choose to use our products,” the spokesperson added.
- The Federal Trade Commission filed an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook in August.
- Facebook’s parent company Meta has asked for the case to be dropped.
- A federal judge rejected Meta’s request, meaning the case can proceed.