Facebook’s antitrust case must be reinstated, US states argue

Facebook, a company owned by Meta, is in trouble again as several US states on Monday filed an appeals court to reinstate an antitrust case against the social media platform. The argument of a group of US states, led by New York, has highlighted the continued damage of Facebook’s actions. The lawsuit was initially filed against Facebook in 2020, close to the time the US Federal Trade Commission also sued the company. The FTC is still fighting the company and is asking the court to order Facebook to sell Instagram and WhatsApp.

Meta’s Facebook, already facing an antitrust lawsuit by the U.S. FTC, may soon be pursuing another lawsuit as a large group of U.S. states, led by New York, have requested a panel of three judges in the U.S. District Court of Appeal to the District of Columbia to reinstate a lawsuit filed against the company in 2020. The states do not include Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and South Dakota.

Both the FTC and the states are seeking an order for Facebook to sell Instagram and WhatsApp. The social media company bought Instagram in 2012 for a deal of $1 billion (nearly Rs. 8,000 crore), while WhatsApp was bought in 2014 for $19 billion (nearly Rs. 1,51,400 crore).

According to a Reuters report, Facebook attorney Aaron Panner argued that the company’s policies regarding third-party apps are well-publicized. Judge James Boasberg had dismissed the states’ case earlier in June 2021.

“We believe that the court’s decision to dismiss the states’ complaint is correct, and that there are no grounds for overturning that decision,” Meta spokesman Christopher Sgro said, according to a Bloomberg report. report.

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