(Reuters) – The Federal Trade Commission and a large group of US states asked a federal court on Wednesday to deny Facebook Inc.'s request to dismiss major antitrust lawsuits filed against the social media giant in December.
The FTC, in its application, said that Facebook bought the photo-sharing app Instagram because CEO Mark Zuckerberg thought it was "a large and viable competitor" and bought the messaging program WhatsApp to neutralize an emerging threat. The FTC has asked the court to order Facebook to sell these assets.
The states, which had filed a separate antitrust case against Facebook, said in their application: “Implement a buy-or-bury scheme for predatory acquisition and exclusive conduct. , Facebook successfully squeezes, suppresses and hinders competition and anchors its monopoly power to this day. "
Facebook had asked the court to dismiss the two lawsuits, claiming that they were conducted" in the ugly environment of relentless criticism of Facebook for issues completely unrelated to antitrust issues.
It is also said that the states, in their case, did not show that they were harmed by Facebook and that they waited too long.
The FTC and states accused Facebook of violating antitrust. teams to keep smaller competitors in check and intercept rivals, such as Instagram for $ 1
In total, the federal government and the states filed five lawsuits against Facebook and Alphabet Inc .:'s Google LLC last year after two-party outrage over the use and abuse of social media, both in the economy and in the political sphere. Catalog