Social network action

Lawsuits may force break up of Facebook


‘Family’ of applications could be heading for a split

Facebook is facing two lawsuits in the US which accuse it of abusing its power and demand that it sells its WhatsApp and Instagram messaging services.

The social network is accused of breaking competition law by suppressing innovation, cutting privacy protections for users of its platforms and monetising data.

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and a coalition of 48 US states and districts allege that the social network company employed a “systematic strategy” to eliminate its competition.

Ian Conner, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, said: “Facebook’s actions to entrench and maintain its monopoly deny consumers the benefits of competition.

“Our aim is to roll back Facebook’s anticompetitive conduct and restore competition so that innovation and free competition can thrive.”

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