Facebook asks US court to dismiss case to force sale of Instagram and WhatsApp

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Facebook Inc on Monday filed a motion from a US court to dismiss the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust case against the company, which seeks to force it to sell Instagram and WhatsApp.

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The proposal was filed the same day the company’s platforms experienced a six-hour-long global outage that by some estimates could cost the world economy nearly $1bn.

In its argument, the social media giant said there was “no valid factual basis” for branding the company an “unlawful monopolist”, and said the Federal Trade Commission’s August complaint relied on “conjecture rather than facts”. Is.

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Facebook asked that the lawsuit be dismissed with prejudice, saying the case was “completely without legal or factual support”.

The latest lawsuit is a revised version of the case filed by the Federal Trade Commission, which Facebook won in June by arguing that it is not a monopoly and that it faces intense competition from the likes of TikTok “and other attractive options for consumers”. Score .”

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In the new version, the FTC has argued that Facebook should not be compared with public-facing apps like TikTok and YouTube, but with rivals like Snapchat, which have fewer monthly users than Facebook or Instagram. Huh.

By asking for the new case to be dismissed with prejudice, Facebook attempts to prevent further amendments to the lawsuit.

Citing the recent rise of TikTok, the social media giant argued in its proposal that the FTC’s new argument was “contrary to the business reality of intense competition”.

The offer came on a day when the company’s various platforms, including Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, experienced a six-hour outage that was said to be due to a configuration change made to its routers.

“This disruption in network traffic had a massive impact on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt,” the company said in a blog post on Tuesday.

Policymakers such as New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested on Twitter that Facebook, which owns Instagram and WhatsApp, contributed to Monday’s global communications blackout on these platforms.

On Monday, Frances Haugen, a data scientist and former employee, also revealed herself to be a whistleblower scheduled to testify before the US Congress about the company’s own internal research that showed it had benefits on users’ security. gives priority to.

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