(Reuters) – Facebook Inc. on Monday asked a judge to dismiss the US government's revised competition case aimed at forcing the social media giant to sell Instagram and WhatsApp.
Facebook said in a court of law that the Federal Trade Commission had failed to provide a "probable factual basis for branding Facebook as an illegal monopolist." The company added that it appears that the FTC "had no basis for its naked claim that Facebook has or had a monopoly."
The giant on social media requested that the lawsuit be dismissed with prejudice, which would make it more difficult for the agency to change the lawsuit. The FTC declined to comment.
Judge James Boasberg at the U.S. District Court of District of Columbia ruled in June that the FTC's initial complaint filed in December did not provide evidence that Facebook had monopoly power in the social networking market. [1
The FTC argued in detail in its revised complaint that Facebook has dominated the US personal social networking market with more than 65% of monthly active users since 2012.
Facebook's application stated that the FTC's complaint was "contrary to commercial reality" of intense competition with rising rivals such as TikTok and lots of other attractive options for consumers. ”