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ROUNDUP / Setback for Facebook: Judge allows US antitrust lawsuit

Wednesday, 01/12/2022 6:35 AM from

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WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) – The competition lawsuit, with which the US government wants to smash Facebook (Facebook share), was accepted in the second attempt by a court in Washington. Judge James Boasberg dismissed the first version last summer, citing insufficient reasoning. In the amended lawsuit, he saw the allegation of unfair competition now much better justified, as was evident from Tuesday’s court documents. The judge also dismissed Facebook’s request to dismiss the lawsuit on the grounds that FTC chief Lina Khan was biased.

The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) accuses Facebook, among other things, of a monopoly position in the market for online networks. Facebook also bought the WhatsApp chat service and the Instagram photo platform to protect this monopoly in an unfair way. Therefore, the takeovers would have to be reversed. The process should take years.

The original lawsuit was filed in December 2020 at the end of then President Donald Trump’s term of office, and it was improved under the leadership of FTC chief Khan, appointed by his successor Joe Biden.

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