Facebook: the American competition authority files a new complaint -!


/ Americas Posted on: 20 / 08 / – 18: 23 A calendar gives until October 4 to Facebook to thwart this new complaint. Chris DELMAS AFP / File The US competition authority, the FTC, has filed a new case against Mark Zukerberg’s group, accusing the social media giant of abuse of a dominant position. His first attempt was rejected by a judge last June, but this time around, the FTC is giving more details on how Facebook is trying to outcompete the competition. During the first complaint, the federal judge in Washington had estimated that it lacked “concrete on the real power of Facebook”. He had given 30 days to the regulator to put forward new arguments. This time around, the FTC goes back to the early years 2010 when the mobile internet market emerged. Facebook then lacked the skills to stand out on these new media, believes the regulator. The social media giant illegally bought out those who could overshadow it, in this case the Instagram application in 2012 and WhatsApp messaging in 2014 which were starting to become serious competitors. Hence a dominant position today. Previous complaints deemed too atractive The action of the American regulators had been started in December by the FTC and the prosecutors of 48 States and territories. The judge also rejected the complaints of the coalition of states, explaining that they were far too late compared to the takeovers of Instagram and WhatsApp. A timetable gives until October 4 to Facebook to thwart this new complaint. The internet giant has so far said it is considering this amendment in detail. ► To read also: United States: Congress wants to break the monopoly of the tech giants Source:


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