Here’s what you need to know.
The FTC and the states abuse its dominance over the digital marketplace on Facebook and engage in anti-competitive behavior.
Ian Conner, director of competition at FTC’s Bureau of Competition, said in a statement: “Facebook’s actions to include and maintain its monopoly deny consumers the advantage of competition.” “Our goal is to reverse Facebook’s conflicting practices and restore competition so that innovation and free competition can thrive.”
Will Facebook break down?
That is what the government and regulators want. Officials are specifically seeking to join separate companies for Facebook’s two largest apps in the social media empire.
States are also asking the company to break up if a court deems it appropriate.
However, there is no guarantee. Facebook has vowed to “defend itself” against the lawsuit. And any decision on whether to break up the company will take years to implement.
What does Facebook say?
Facebook has pushed back allegations in lawsuits, with its VP and General Counsel Jennifer Newsstead criticizing the FTC’s investigation into the WhatsApp and Instagram deals, seeing the agency itself “wipe out these edits years ago.”
NewsTeadDay added that the government is now seeking a d-over and is sending a chilling warning to American businesses that no sale is ever final.
But William Kovasic, the former chairman of the FTC, told CNN Business that in light of the new evidence, everyone has the right to change their mind about the later acquisitions.
“We compete hard and we compete well,” Zuckerberg told employees in an internal memo shortly after the legal action was announced. “I’m proud of it.”
How did we get here?
It has been more than a year since the lawsuit was filed in its current form.
What happens next?
In the short term, not much.
Zuckerberg sought to reassure Facebook employees that nothing significant in his internal memo on Wednesday would change immediately. He said the company plans to fight the allegations in court and in the short term it “does not expect any impact on individual teams or roles”.
“Today’s news is a step in the process that could take years to complete,” he added.
Brian Fung contributed to this report.
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